The Curious Case Of The Big Bad Wolf

Why Be Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf

Impressions.

Most people swear and live by them. In fact, that is the framework of our social media presence. You wear the nicest outfits, sport the widest smiles and jump  the highest in your Instagram posts. You say the wittiest, funniest and most inspirational things in your Facebook posts. In fact, you prime up the best things in your social media accounts, because it is meant to serve a purpose.

Make an impression. The more compelling the impression, the deeper the connection.

Which brings me to a thought. What if the Big Bad Wolf, in that fabled tale  of the Three Little Pigs, had a social media account? What do you think would he have posted? Him, playing with kittens? Or perhaps picking flowers?

We grew up with that simple story. About how three pigs, tried to thwart the hungry advances of a wolf. We noted in glee, as we celebrated the demise of the wolf, when he went down the chimney of the last pig’s house and got burned alive, after failing to blow his bricked house.

We were told that the big bad wolf, was always hungry, scheming and preying on weak, innocent and helpless victims like the pigs. That story got imprinted in our childhood memories. It was a subtle indication that the strong, powerful and hungry were always on the extreme side of evil.

Think about the evil witch in Snow White. Think about Ursula in the Little Mermaid. Heck, even Captain Cook is deemed evil.

So, do these stories truly define the characters? Why did we tag the traits, “bad” to a wolf? “Evil” to an old lady . Just because they decided to pursue an intent at whatever costs.

Being real and authentic is hard these days. Do you seriously expect to hear a story about a wolf munching down on  a plate of salads? Wolves are meat eaters. They eat sheep, pigs and maybe chicken. Why will we wanna even judge a primal need of a character as evil? Yet, we are so guilty of forming impressions on the superficial levels.

So think about it. Are we truly that keen on labeling people and forming impressions just by the look of things. There is always more to a person, that just the things he posts, says or does. If you have to form an impression , form one that is real. Regardless of criticisms or skepticism. If there is one piece of advise I can share, from the perspective of Mr Wolf, is this.

Just be you.

It’s okay if you are being judged for being yourself.

Cause the way I see it, people should not be afraid of people who are being themselves. People should be afraid of those who pretend to be someone else.

7 Awesome Powerful Traits I Learned From Deadpool

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Deadpool was a hit for me. After months of delirious anticipation, I finally caught it on the  screen with a mate. That was a great 108 minutes of diabolical humor.

We all know just how skewered Deadpool is, as a hero. It does not take away the fact, that he is a good guy. A powerful  good guy, in my opinion. If you are looking at boosting up your superhero traits or mojo this month, here are 7 awesome traits, you can pick up from the anti hero supremo.

Raw honesty is a gem

Let’s face it. Deadpool talks a lot. A hell lot, actually. In most interactions however, he is the real deal. He says things the way he meant it. He speaks his mind. Honesty intimidates your skeptics. If you ever want to appear original, be honest. Brutally honest. You may not be liked, but you will be remembered.

Humor rocks

Ever liked that well kept man with a frown? Or that chap who rarely breaks into a laughter? Or that bloke who cannot even name a “knock knock” joke? Me neither. Humor is one thing you need to have in abundance. Even if you are not humorous, the ability to see things on a lighter side will help. Deadpool is super brilliant. When Ajax was sure that Deadpool will lose his sense of humor, after rounds of torture, he quipped in response, “We’ll see.” Oh and did I tell you, humor can snag you a great partner?

Be a great friend to everyone

The opening scene, showed Deadpool helping a girl  be rid of her stalker. In a dark way, of course. The girl hugged him in appreciation, and exclaimed that he was, her hero. Deadpool just shrugged it off. We then noted how close he was, with his bartender friend. (His only one, perhaps). He then capped the night by saying that everyone’s drinks were on his tab. Everyone (in that bar) genuinely liked Deadpool. Make people like you. However you can.

Relate to people and empathize

That short, humorous conversations between Deadpool and his Indian cab driver was a  gem. Complaining about how he lost his love to a rival, the taxi driver obviously found a kindred soul in Deadpool. Deadpool’s honesty and charm, obviously allowed the cab driver to open himself up. Of course Deadpool had a word of advise. He always does. So when Deadpool insinuated to not allow the love of your life slip away, he is relating on a personal level.

See opportunity in every adversity

Imagine being tied down, beaten up and with no possible way of escaping. What would you have done? Give up? Apparently Deadpool looks for opportunity. In the scene when he was helplessly tied down, and Angel came close to him, we saw Deadpool banging his head onto Angel. It seemed pointless, until we realized that Deadpool, had actually snagged in his mouth, a matchstick. He was observant enough to see Angel keeping her matchsticks in between her chest (presumably). That moment of seizing the opportunity paved the way for his escape, when he burned the chamber down. Be observant. You never know  what lies in small details.

Knowing how to say “No” and mean it

We know how the X Men brigade are so keen on having Deadpool on their roster. It appeared as if Colossus, had tried to recruit Deadpool on numerous occasions, without much success. Deadpool was dead beat on not joining up, and he had refused it so many times. This courage and consistency in saying no, makes you a much valued asset to pursue. If you don’t feel like it, just say “No” like Deadpool. As he had demonstrated, you will not die from it.

Do things for a greater purpose

The premise of Deadpool’s origins was explained in this movie. He wanted to pursue a cure for his cancer, for the sake of his loved one. Of course, we know that did not work out that well. Yet, we know that the sufferings and torture he endured, was only because he wanted to survive his cancer , for his partner. He eventually developed into the anti hero he is. While his methods are questionable, his motive was definitely not. You can become a hero in your own rights, when you discover a greater purpose beyond your own.

 I didn’t ask to be super, and I’m no hero. But when you find out your worst enemy is after your best girl, the time has come to be a fucking superhero.

 

 

 

Have A Small Idea

SMALL IDEAS

I still remember an advertisement I saw on TV. It said that when a butterfly flaps its wings somewhere else, another place far away will be hit by a tornado. It may be quite exaggerated yet who would bother to scientifically prove it. But the notion of small events resulting in bigger circumstances resonates with me. I like the idea of small things impacting in a big way.

What Is Your Small Idea

We have been besieged with the concept of faster and better ideas, producing results that, we almost always forget the process of getting there. Most people that I know of freezes two times over when I ask if they have any ideas. It may be a simple thing such as getting food, or movie or clothes. You get the point. Most of us have been trained to not think. We have been taught that the spoken words must be ringing with the best ideas. Ideas that are ridiculous and simplistic in nature will almost always get that, “Yah…we know that. Is that all you can come up with?” And so we froze whenever another idea-less moron asks us for ideas. We become too fearful of dishing out ideas, since it’s not big enough. Not influential enough. Not having enough impact.

Do you realize that whenever we strained our heads to come up with the near perfect single good idea, a thousand more not so developed ideas get washed away in our mental trash bins? Ideas that may be half baked, half developed and definitely bursting with potential. We sieve through mercilessly through our God inspired ideas, to find that one idea that will meet and conform to someone finally saying, “Yes, that’s a good idea. We’ll use that.” You cannot survive on one idea.

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