As a kid, I read comics whenever I could get my hands on them, but I didn’t start collecting comics until after my car accident. I had been in the hospital for going on 6 months and I was growing tired of Judge Judy. Unfortunately, TV was my only real companion. My arms were simply too weak to hold a book.
Then, one day sitting in a 7-Eleven, I saw a copy of Batman. It was small and light and I thought it might be a nice distraction to Mrs. Sheindlin. I took it back to my hospital, and read it. It was easy to hold and provided me the entertainment I sought. The only problem was the book wasn’t one contained story–it was part of a serial. In order to find out what had happened and what was going to happen, I had to buy other comics.
I was hooked. My room slowly filled with issues of The Dark Knight, Superman, Captain America and the rest. The more I collected the more I learned about the culture. There were issues that had variant (special) covers, issues that had been so popular they had done multiple printings–which made first printings all the more valuable.
Like everything else, the more rare a comic was, the more valuable it became. This pursuit lasted years and more money that I care to admit. But as I made my trips from the hospital to the comic book shop (which sometime took everything I had–to see what I’m talking about, read here) I noticed that the comics available in stacks were passed by, while the unique ones were clamored over.
Watching this, I realized that people are a lot like comics. It’s the unique ones with variant covers that people want in their lives. They’re the ones people are seeking out, the stories people want to know. At the same time, it’s the ordinary ones, the ones just trying to be like the rest that are a dime a dozen, and the ones that sit in stacks.
The difference is that everyone is unique and special—you just have to choose to put that on your cover. You just have to show others the real “one of a kind” you. And, for some reason, it seems like people today have a hard time doing this. Some of it’s fear, some of it is insecurity, but it’s rampant and everywhere. People trying to look or act like someone on TV. It’s like we’re back in Jr. High and trying to be the cool kid.
There’s too many lemmings today—people willing to follow at any cost.
Being rare is harder than it sounds. It takes courage. There are lots of people who just don’t believe that they have all that much uniqueness to give. But, there’s only one you—only one person that sees things the way you do. Only one person with the gifts and talents you have. Have confidence in yourself. Find ways to let your own spirit shine.
There are only a few copies of the first Superman comic left and they are worth Millions. But, that’s nothing compared to the worth of the one and only you!