I have superpowers! Seriously I do. No, I don’t have super speed and I can’t fly unless I buy an airline ticket. But I have abilities that many people do not and they make my life much better. Here they are:
- I don’t know I can’t do things.
When I see something that looks cool and I think I might like to try to do/make/try it, I do! I don’t think to myself, “You can’t do that. You’re a woman/adult/regular person.” I just try it. When the little hole thingy on my laptop started getting loose to the point where I had trouble keeping it plugged in, I unplugged the battery and opened the frickin’ thing up! Can’t hurt, right? The warranty is expired already anyway, and if I don’t do something, I won’t be able to use my laptop anyway. So I did it. And I fixed the thingy. I don’t even know what it’s called but I FIXED IT! Neener. That is my first superpower. I use it all the time. I re-pave patios. I sew lots of things without patterns. I self-publish. I help friends move thousand pound logs just by pushing right. I might be able to do anything, so I do. The worst thing that could happen is that I find out I can’t.
- I can learn from other people’s mistakes.
If I see somebody do something incredibly stupid, I don’t automatically think of reasons why I am superior and if I do it, everything will work out fine. If it blew up in your face, it may blow up in my face too. So I don’t do it. Seems simple, right? You would NOT believe how many people can’t do this. It’s totally a superpower. Another variation of this is:
- I can listen to someone who is wise and take their advice.
Another thing that should be a “duh”, but somehow isn’t. Countless times I have heard great, wise advice, and TAKEN it. I avoid the mistake in logic that it couldn’t possibly apply to me.
- I can refuse to take it personally and instead discover sympathy.
I only recently discovered this as a superpower, but I noticed that some people can’t do this either. A friend lies to them and they can’t get over it. They can’t look them in the face anymore, and the friendship ends. The person told the lies to me too, but I realize just how insecure they were to feel they needed to lie in the first place. I see that they weren’t strong enough to face the truth or that they panicked. The question, “Why?” can heal many wounds because we all screw up, and if we connect with others on that level, we can forgive and move on. Maybe we don’t rely on a person in that way again, but we don’t need to shut them out.
- I am easily amused
This is by far my best and most favorite superpower. Instead of being savvy and cool, I suspend my disbelief and enjoy the funny. Yes, I’m a dork, and I even get to laugh at myself. Maybe it’s dark or inappropriate. I just don’t pass it on. I don’t intentionally offend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the humor. Even if I don’t totally get the funny, I appreciate and enjoy others’ amusement. This is the essence of sucking the marrow out of life. Yuck it up, sweetie! We all need every laugh we can get in this insane world.
Bravery: that is what lets me laugh. I take the risk of others’ disapproval. But if they don’t enjoy the joke, do I really care what they approve of?