A Superhero Everyday  |  Official Site of Jonathan K. Waller  |  Composer of words, music and ideas



The home of my raw ideas, A Superhero Everyday is my official blog that features a recently refocused origin story. I invite you into my brain.

Origin Story:

It's been said that courage is "not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." I began a tremendous journey in 2006 that years later culminated in a divorce, a second marriage, a beautiful baby girl and the creation of a new musical. This journey surprisingly led me to knowledge, perspectives and conclusions about the world that filled me with wonder, hope, love, passion and unfortunately, fear.

It is the fear of this knowledge, these perspectives and these conclusions that has kept this blog nearly silent for 3 years. The fear silenced me. Or, put another way, I let the fear silence me. Fortunately, this vulnerability is not unique to me. The Indian mystic, Osho, wisely said, "The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others, and the moment you are unafraid of the crowd, you are no longer a sheep. You become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart. The roar of freedom."

Beginning September 11, 2013, this space will be held for the pursuit of conquering fear. For the pursuit of courage. Launching this quest on September 11 will put wind in my cape as it's not only a globally significant time for all of us, but also a deeply personal touchstone for me.

The framework of superheroes will remain, as it continues to resonate in me for two important reasons. One, the hero's journey, as identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell, is very real. It is not simply an academic way to analyze a script, but perhaps a pattern that continually plays out in each of our lives in various forms, over various timelines. Perhaps it's why we're so hungry for stories that follow its model. Applying the framework to our lives might help illuminate our challenges, which, once named, are more easily overcome. Seeing the framework through a superhero lens distills the journey to its purest (and arguably most powerful) form.

The second reason is that I am proud of the Truth I believe is shining through the pages and score of my musical, A Superhero, that champions forgiveness and love as a means towards 'saving the day.' I arrived at the conclusion while I was writing — and have tried to infuse the play with the idea — that a superhero at its core is someone, who in your darkest moment, can give you hope you'll survive; and that we all have that power. I believe the most positive path out of our darkest moments is through forgiving that which brought the darkness — whether it's an enemy, a leader, a friend, a family member or ourselves. But hope — the belief — that forgiveness is possible is just a seed. It takes courage and love to grow that seed and it is these qualities that are the superpowers of real life superheroes. It's the art of forgiveness that holds the secret to unlimited strength. I believe it will take tremendous amounts of these superpowers to, in the real world, actually 'save the day.' I plan on developing my abilities every chance I get.