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Destiny or Normalcy?

Destiny and normalcy…

Sometimes the two do not seem to go hand-in-hand. It’s kind of difficult to live a normal life when you have something bigger resting on your shoulders.

Like the fate of the whole world.

It’s a lot for one person to handle. At least for most of us it would be. I can’t imagine battling evil forces to save the world and also trying to deal with the every day things that plague all of us. It’s bad enough with the every day things am I right?

And yet many of us are drawn to stories like these. I’d like to think I’d have what it takes to fight bad guys and still be home in time to cook dinner.

Let’s look at one example of someone that I have always admired and loved: Buffy Summers

Imagine being told at the tender age of 16 that you are the Slayer and that you have to fight the forces of darkness. Now, being a Slayer comes with some perks: stakes, awesome battle axes and various wicked knives and blades, reflexes that any ninja would be proud of, ability to heal quickly and take a beating and keep on smiling.

However, there’s just one problem…

Fighting vamps and demons makes it difficult damn near impossible to live a normal life, to deal with stuff that all teenagers deal with: friends, boys, parents, curfews, keeping your hair perfect…of wait, Buffy still manages to do that. Maybe another Slayer perk?

One of my favorite things about the Buffy series was how hard Buffy tried to keep things normal. Insisting that she and her friends go to school, hang at the Bronze like all the other kids, attend things like prom…

And admit it, wouldn’t most of us dig the attention being a super bad ass Slayer would bring us? How popular would we be if everyone saw us hurl a stake through a vampire’s heart or chop a demons head off with one slice of a wicked looking ax? We’d be all the rage at parties and football games. Imagine how psyched out the opposing team would be if the Slayer was forced to take out their quarter back because he was a Gorgog demon…

The main character from the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series has to face something similar. Not a Gorgog demon of course but she’s trying to fit in and  yet bears a terrible burden for one so young. She travels back in time to save us from a man trying to change the past. But Alex, like Buffy, has an inner strength that will somehow see her through.

What about you? Would you fight to fit in and be normal or would you fully embrace your destiny and put every effort into fighting evil? I’d love to hear from you!

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4 Comments on “Destiny or Normalcy?”

  1. Inion N. Mathair October 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Mathair would totally embrace the bad-assdom and flaunt it, to boot, but I would try to fit in. I know it sounds like a cop out, but fitting in was hard enough when I was a passive-agressive comic-nerd, let alone when you’re battling dark forces and trying to save the world. Most people, especially in high school, wouldn’t embrace you for that, they’d probably ridicule you. Jealousy’s an ugly green-eyed monster. So, yeah. I’d strive for that normalcy.

    • shayfabbro October 11, 2012 at 8:41 am #

      Kids in high school can be so cruel. They would make your life a living hell if you were a super hero wouldn’t they?

  2. A.M. Donovan October 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Unfortunately, I believe that the ultimate coolness would be mostly ruined by the loneliness. Everyone I got close to would be in danger and become a potential target. From that perspective, I don’t think I would be ale to enjoy it.

    • shayfabbro October 11, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      That’s a good perspective. Seems like most super heroes are a lonely bunch

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