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The Editor | A Letter from Liz Green
If you could choose a superpower, any superpower, what would it be?
Flying? Invisibility? Superhuman strength? Super speed? Telepathy? Telekinesis?
For as long as I can remember, my superpower of choice was always flying. I don’t care about being super fast or strong, but the ability to just take off in flight always sounded so cool to me. Still does. But over the past few years, I’ve decided that there’s a superpower that would be even cooler: teleportation.
With teleportation, I could quickly pop over to the east coast for a cocktail with my best friends. I could be on the other side of the world in a matter of seconds versus 19 hours. Imagine being able to take a weekend getaway to Australia and not having to spend 2 whole days travelling there and back.
Alas, I don’t have any superpowers. But the people on our covers this month? They do.
First up, our HARBOR STYLE cover … I briefly met Michael Elkady at a Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce event back in December. He introduced himself, handed me a pamphlet about the nonprofit he and his wife founded and told me briefly about their mission. I knew instantly it would make an amazing story—and and amazing cover. Here is a group of people who dedicate their free time to dressing up as superheroes to visit sick children and bring some sunshine into their day. And they do this across the entire state. They got dressed up for our photoshoot—not a simple process now that I’ve witnessed it—and then when we were done, they transformed back into their alter-egos and drove up to Tampa to put their superpowers to use.
Their superpowers? They make kids smile.
The superhero on our VENICE STYLE cover may not have a flashy costume, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have superpowers. Victoria Phillips is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast’s Big Sister of the Year. A mother of four whose kids have all grown up, there were any number of things she could have done with her empty nest years. She chose to become a mentor and make a difference in yet another child’s life. For five years she has served almost as a second mother to her Little Sister, Sama … not replacing her mother, but working alongside her to help in whatever way she can.
Her superpower? Being a guiding light for a young girl who needed one.
So maybe none of us have superpowers in the standard sense. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all be superheroes. We all have it in us to make a difference in someone’s life. To make them smile. To lend a helping hand. To be a shoulder to cry on. To just be there for someone—anyone—when they need it.
I hope the stories in this month’s magazine helps inspire you to find your superpower.