Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr The news of Stan Lee’s death is hard for me to wrap my head around. It will be for some time. It is hard to believe that the man who has been such an integral part of the lives of so many is no longer with us. Though, we must understand that even though he is no longer with us, he lives on through the heroes he gave us. I know I am not alone when I say that Stan Lee gave me my childhood. Photo by John Salangsang/REX/Shutterstock (8882774ab), Stan Lee, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 28 Jun 2017 His imagination reached unparalleled heights in everything he created. His willingness to incorporate a childlike wonder and awe into his characters inspired us all. It reminded us that we never have to lose that perception of the world even if we lose sight of it. No matter how dark the world may get, there is still magic within it. As we get older, we easily lose sight of that. Our minds become occupied by our nine-to-five jobs and the tragedies we hear of on a daily basis. We become hardened and lose touch with with the heroes that once inspired us. Stan Lee reminded us that there is always something to believe in. Image courtesy of Google His heroes give us hope as we see a part of ourselves in each and every one of them. No matter our trials and tribulations, whenever we open a comic book or watch a superhero movie, there is a brief moment where we believe we can save the world too. For a moment, we are swinging through New York City with Spider-Man or exploring the wonders of space with the Fantastic Four. For a moment, we are superheroes too. So, dear Stan Lee, Thank you for our childhoods. Thank you for bringing these heroes into our lives.I know my life would have been much less bright had I never met Spider-Man. Thank you for inspiring us, believing in us, and trusting us with all you have given. Just, thank you for everything.