10 LIFE LESSONS THE FLASH TAUGHT US
‘The Flash‘ is an American superhero television series that started in 2014. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. The series follows Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. The Flash premiered in North America on October 7, 2014, where the pilot became the second-most watched premiere in the history of The CW, after The Vampire Diaries in 2009. It has been well received by critics and audiences, and won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Drama” in 2014.
From the series, we can learn so many lessons and here are some of the major lessons:
1. Not all days are sunshine and rainbows in our lives
Moments after an explosion at the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator, Barry was struck by lightning in his laboratory and doused by chemicals affected by the accident. When he awakens from a nine-month coma, he has superhuman speed where he was using it to protect Central City from super villains and other metahumans, and Barry was very proud of it since his speed increased after some time, and again, Barry was given a key to Central City to be their protector. But when all his powers where taken by Zoom, everything changed, Barry struggled a lot for he failed to save the city and he was doing everything very slow than the time he had his powers and from this, we can tell that not all days are happy days for us but other days, they are sad days for us
2. Never trust anybody
After Barry become part of Star Laboratories and that he was formally known as the Flash, Cisco built a gun special for Barry for he could not trust him. This was discovered when Snort stole a gun from the lab after the explosion at the lab. This was the time when Barry had all the trust in the team but surprisingly, Cisco betrayed them by building a gun.
After experiencing territorialism from his earth of another dimension, Jay came to the earth where the Flash and the rest of the team were living and pretended to be nice to the team and everyone trusted him. Even Katlin fell in love with him. Jay acted nicely to the team by telling them that there is a bad guy from his earth by the name Zoom who is terrorizing his planet and the Flash is the only hope and the only one who need to gain much speed so as to defeat Zoom.
3. Unity is a key to success
In the months since Barry left, Wally and Cisco have barely been able to protect Central City. When a new foe defeats them easily, requesting a battle against the Flash, the team decides to bring Barry back. While they manage to do so, Barry’s return releases dark matter, turning a dozen people on a city bus into metahumans. One of these metahumans is private detective Ralph Dibny, who joins the Flash’s team. Then because they were a team, they helped to save the city.
4. You can’t hide your feelings forever.
After Barry was adopted by Joe West who was a father to Iris, Barry had some feelings and affections on Iris but couldn’t tell Iris about it and after Iris was had a boyfriend, that’s when Barry told Iris about the feelings and love he had for Iris.
5. Some people can treat you as their own child
When Barry’s mother was killed at a certain night by a streak, police came at that night and arrested Barry’s father by suspecting him that he killed his wife( the mother), then Joe West, who was a cop, managed to tale Barry to his home and raised him as his own son. In other words, Joe West: A police detective who acts as a surrogate father to Barry, after his mother’s death and father’s imprisonment. Joe even educated him and got Barry a job at Central city police department as a Central City assistant police forensic investigator.
6. We should learn to tell the truth to others
Cisco was telling the team about every mistake that he was doing, for example, revealing the secret behind the Flash to Snort. He even revealed that he was the one who created a frozen gun for Barry. He managed to reveal everything despite being difficult.
7. Hard work pays
Iris worked hard on her blog about the streak (The Flash) despite that Barry tried to stop her in both ways as a flash and as Barry. By the end, Iris got a job at one of the leading news companies in the city at Central City Picture News as a journalist.
8. You cannot hide your secrets forever in life
Despite that Barry (Flash) hide his identity to Iris that he is the man behind the Flash for a long period of time after spending a number of year in fighting crimes and defeating the so-called metahumans. Iris realised on her own that Barry was the Flash because she touched Barry’s hands as Barry was trying to save her and Eddie from the man who killed his mother (Barry’s mother) when he was 11 years old. Iris remembered that by the time Barry was in a coma inside the hospital where he spent there for nine months, Barry used to produce some blue colored electric shocks when she tried to touch his hands. Joe, Eddie, Cisco, also hide the identity of Barry that he is the Flash but later on, Iris found out about it.
9. Some people will only be in our lives as long as we have something special in our lives.
In most of the times of our lives, many people would only walk with us, stay with us and do most of the things with us as long as we have something beneficial to them. Dr. Wells only started with Barry (Flash) because he had something that he wanted to have, Barry’s superhuman speed. Dr. Wells wanted to steal Barry’s speed so that he could travel through the timeline to his destination, the future. Again, Dr. Wells from earth two as stated in the series, only helped Barry (Flash) because he had speed that he (Dr. Wells) water Barry to use it so as to save his daughter who was kidnapped by Zoom from his world.
10. Some people come into our lives to stay.
After the explosion at S.T.A.R Labs, Barry was rescued by Dr. Wales with his team. From then, the team became friends with Barry after discovering his powers of moving very fast. They even went out to have some fun together. Again, after the wife of Joe West left him to stay alone, she was pregnant with a baby boy who later on came to stay with Joe forever by the name Wolly.