When you make dangerous situations the norm,
When you have skills for exceptional out of the ordinary situations,
when you’ve trained and put hundreds of hours in
… like Batman you are well prepared.
Part man of mystery
Batman makes unknown, hostile and dangerous environments part of his everyday world.
When a dangerous situation appears and everyone is running away in a panic,
Batman is the calm focused creature of the night heading into the heart of the storm.
The opening moments in the Batman Arkham Asylum video game –
when all hell is breaking loose,
Batman walks into the shit, calmy – like its just another day.
Already strategising, communicating with Alfred or Batgirl and wading boldy into the chaos all around him
Dealing with each problem, each new threat
and one step at a time.
It is that fine line of crossover from fiction to reality
going against ones natural instinctive response
– walking into danger rather than away from it-
And reminds me of emergency service workers, police, ambos, fire fighters and also special forces.
People who wade hip and neck deep into danger
People who wade into daily shitstorms as part of their normal routine.
Being comfortable and prepared
in uncomfortable, unpredictable and highly dangerous situations takes many hours of training
…and exposure to stressors
It takes a certain kind of individual to be up to the challenge.
Most of us go to pieces in such volatile unpredictable situations.
Even then, the most prepared Bat-person in the world can still go to pieces under pressure.
All of us are fallible, even the mighty Batman fails –
but the important part…
is being Prepared
and Turning Up
to face a challenge in the first place.
Boldy striding forward, one Bat step at a time.
Preparation, Planning, Execution
This is the way of the Bat.