YOU DON’T NEED A RED CAPE AND FANCY TIGHTS TO BE the hero of
the hour (although it doesn’t hurt). You just need to be a man who can keep thinking while others panic, and who isn’t afraid to take action and risk a little for the greater good. That’s all you, isn’t it?
The truth is, calmness is not the baseline for most people in an emergency. They usually become unnerved and freeze. Or worse, they get in the way and complicate the crisis. Be different from the crowd by equipping yourself with the modest knowledge it takes to handle most emergencies. Having that knowledge will make it even easier to stay calm and in control.
The pages that follow will prepare you for those rare occasions when someone gets himself in the kind of trouble he can’t get out of, and needs someone else to get his back. The man who grabs his chest and falls over, or the gal who finds herself stuck in a car with a downed power line draped across the hood. They all need your help, and you’ll find the way to do that in this chapter. Be the Manskills rescue man. It’s your destiny.
On occasion, to be the rescuer means to put aside a few qualms about your own safety (after all, what endangers others often endangers rescuers) and the squeamishness that caused you to turn off TLC’s open heart surgery special. But look, if it were easy, everyone would remain stoically calm in every situation, and they’d all know what to do no matter what the circumstance. That’s one of the things that make the Manskill man—he doesn’t flinch in the face of difficult things. He trusts himself.
You can escape the fire and lead others to safety. You can free the stuck kid, and save the knocked-out tooth and treat that snakebite. You can handle any situation because you have the power of Manskills behind you. You may not have the cape, but you’ll have the confidence of your inner hero. Taller than the tallest buildings and stronger than a speeding locomotive, right, pal?