What’s Your Vibranium and How Can You Use it to Change Your World?
If you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, and if you didn’t follow the comic, then you might not know what Vibranium is. That’s fine. You’ll still be able to follow this. Vibranium is an extremely powerful metal most commonly found in Wakanda.
According to Wikipedia, “the Wakandan isotope possesses the ability to absorb all vibrations in the vicinity as well as kinetic energy directed at it.”
I won’t go into detail about how vibranium is used in the movie, but I will say it’s a very powerful and protected resource that allows an entire nation to thrive.
While watching the movie, I thought, “each of us has to have our own vibranium. Do we go to great lengths to protect it?”
“Do we even know that we have it?”
What is the resource that you have in abundance that you know has the power to change the lives?
The resource that can change the world?
The resource that makes you feel powerful?
It doesn’t have to be a metal or any tangible resource. I’d imagine that your resource isn’t a physical resource at all.
Your vibranium might be your abundance of love, or your endless ability to create, or your underrated ability to listen.
It could be your dedication to order and organization or your passion for making sure that you and the people around you are living the best life possible.
Maybe it’s your commitment to serving those less fortunate.
There is something that you have an abundance of.
So what’s your vibranium?
Vibranium also helps the collective. Having this powerful resource benefits the individual, but it also serves the tribe. Everyone connected to it benefits from it.
What do you have that everyone would try to get their hands on if they knew how to use it as well as you do—or even if they don’t have a clue how to use it?
What would people be stay in your midst just to get a piece of if they knew you had it?
What resource would truly hurt your tribe’s ability to thrive if you no longer had access to it?
And what are you doing with it today?
Your personal vibranium might be something you take for granted or downplay because you don’t think it’s that special. Maybe someone told you it wasn’t that special. Or maybe you feel like you have so much of it that everyone must have that much of it.
Don’t be fooled.
We can all have just as much of the same resource, the ability to be honest for example, and still not use our honesty to enhance the world.
So think about how you can use your vibranium to change your world in a powerful way.
And, if you don’t know what your vibranium is, who knows you well enough to help you figure it out? Talk to them.
There is a resource you have an infinite supply of.
Win with it.
Interestingly, I had given thought to what my “Vibranium” is a long time ago. I am going to date myself here, but I came up during the times when we were called “colored” and “negro” (Yeah I’m black). Times when we were fighting (Just like we always do.. ) and winning ( ..like we always will!) in the struggle against racism, institutional marginalization and violence visited upon us in our country. I say that to say this; We have a deep history in America not only of having to make something out of nothing, given limited or in some cases no resources at all, but we also had to make something out of the pain and hardship of our experiences as an oppressed people. And with all of that and more marshaled against us, we achieve Greatness when given just a sliver of a chance. We are a strong and innovative people, that bring something new, something exciting, something beautiful, something soulful, something meaningful, something Black, to what we do. That is the Vibranium I am thinking of, James Brown had it, Maya Angelou had it, Donald Glover has it, Kareem Abdul Jabbar has it, Beyoncé has it, Yara Shahidi has it, Prince had it…I could go on, but hopefully the point is made. That is what I try to bring to my creative endeavors, it is what I am mining for when I create anything and what I see when I do anything well.
Right in time for Black History Month!
Ambition is my Vibranium
Love it, Jon!