Heroes Of Northwest Region
RLSH (Real Life Superheroes) and what we do
An RLSH is one that has developed a superhero persona of their own creation that isn’t part of any canon of comic-books. We are our own creations, yet with a nod to the inspiration we get from comic-books.
The costume is intended to either be intimidating or inspiring depending upon what your purpose is. Some wear the mask to keep their personal lives private and some wear it to continue with the iconic imagery that the comic-book superhero has.
We are dedicated to providing people in need with goods and services. Absolutely free of charge. But donations help very much and are most appreciated. Whenever someone donates, we post pictures and video of what the donation was used on and give a big thank you to the donor unless they wish to remain anonymous. Donations do not go to our personal travel costs or gas money or anything else, but on socks, gloves, coats, blankets, food, water, and hygiene supplies for the homeless. We prefer to pay travel costs on our own because we can easily afford it, but outreach supplies are often difficult to come by in large quantities and we appreciate anyone willing to help. It isn't necessary though, because we will always find a way to help, no matter what.
Becoming a Superhero
A Real Life Superhero (RLSH) is someone who adopts a superhero identity
in order to serve their community or a cause they believe in.
Some RLSH do neighborhood watch patrols. Some do outreach to the
homeless, hungry, sick, and others who could benefit from a helping hand.
Some are advocates for causes like ecological protection and social justice.
All of them take action on a regular basis in order to help those around them.
Each RLSH creates their own unique superhero identity. They may use this
identity to inspire themselves and others, to draw attention to the important
causes that they support, or simply to make community work more fun.
This guide offers a method you can use to create your superhero identity.
Develop your superhero Costume, Qualities, and Quest in any order you like.
Once you've figured out all three elements of your new superhero identity,
you're ready to be a superhero!
Your RLSH Costume is an expression of your heroic Qualities and Quest.
Wearing your costume focuses your attention on who you are and what you do.
Many RLSH also use the Costume to draw attention to the work that they do
and inspire others to join in the Quest, with or without a Costume.
You can design your Costume however you like. It can be as whimsical or
serious as you want. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
• Pick two or three colors that you feel capture the spirit of your RLSH
identity. Even if you want to focus on just one color, it's usually a good
idea to have at least one or two accents in a different color.
• Pick an overall stylistic theme or genre for the Costume. Are you a
classic superhero with brightly colored spandex? Is your theme fantasy,
steampunk, cyberpunk, earthy, film noir, etc.?
• Consider the symbolic, aesthetic, and practical aspects of the Costume.
Do you have your own symbol or logo? Do the colors go well together
and inspire the right mood or impression you want to create? Do you
have a place to put your keys/phone? Will you be too hot, or too cold,
or have obstructed visibility or mobility? If you wear a cape, have you
made sure it won't choke you when it gets caught in something?
• If your budget is tight, start small and simple. The important thing is to
cultivate your Qualities and fulfill your Quest. You can improve your
costume bit by bit over time. A custom T-shirt or simply clothes of a
certain color can be enough to get you started.
Your new RLSH identity is a larger than life character who will inspire you
and those around you to do good in the world. What are the Qualities of this
character? Developing a set of Qualities that define you as a superhero will
bring out the best in you and prepare you to fulfill your Quest. You can either
develop a public statement about your Qualities or simply write about them
in a private journal.
Here are some questions that may help you to clarify your Qualities:
• Are there heroes who inspire you? These can be people you know,
celebrities, historical figures, or even fictional characters. Your RLSH
identity should be something new rather than an imitation of someone
else, but sometimes it helps to look at your inspirations.
• Are you inspired by a particular philosophy, activist movement,
religious or spiritual tradition, etc.?
• Is there a particular archetype that appeals to you? Archetypes are broad
character types: artist, musician, worker, rebel, scientist, healer,
defender, philosopher, trickster, or even party animal!
• What are your super powers? You may not fly, have super strength, etc.,
but you do have other skills and abilities that will come in handy as you
fulfill your Quest. Are you smart? Strong? Fast? Courageous?
Empathic? Honest? Do you have good computer skills? Play musical
instruments? Have first aid training? The possibilities are endless.
• What's your origin story? How does your real life past serve as a source
of your Qualities and an inspiration for your Quest?
The more personal, particular, and genuine that your Qualities are, the more
powerful they will be. As you fulfill your Quest, these Qualities may change
over time, but these questions will help you get started on the journey.
What is your Quest? This is the most important question to consider when
developing your RLSH identity. Designing your own Costume can be fun,
and thinking about your Qualities can be a great path toward personal
growth, but having a real Quest that has a real impact on the real world is
what makes you a Real Life Superhero. You can either develop a public
statement about your Quest or simply write about it in a private journal.
Here are some questions to consider when defining your Quest:
• What inspires you to action? Your Quest shouldn't be a chore or burden
that you do out of a sense of guilt, obligation, anger, or fear. It should
be a passion that you feel inspired to do — and hopefully enjoy doing!
• How does your Quest help others? Not everyone chooses to focus on
public service work. You can use all of the other tips in this guide to
develop a character for personal enrichment. But if you call yourself an
RLSH, there should be some concrete way that your Quest helps others.
• What specific actions will you take to fulfill your Quest? Even if your
Quest is very broad, come up with a list of specific types of action you
will take to fulfill your Quest.
• Who are your allies? These can be friends, family, loved ones, and other
people in your community who support you or share a similar mission.
• Are you ready? Many forms of helping, especially neighborhood watch,
require special knowledge and skills to be done properly. Be sure to talk
to other RLSH for advice. If there are none locally, find them online.
Being an RLSH is very fun on a good day, but it's also very serious business.
You will be setting goals and putting time and energy into achieving them. Be
sure that Quest is something you can actually do — and have fun doing it!
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