Superpowers

The other day I read how someone believed everyone in this world has a superpower. In a sense, I believe that is true. I would have never assumed the art of writing as a superpower, but if it moves people to change is some way, no matter how small a change, then yes, I would say writing is a superpower. Sounds crazy for a Freedom Friday post, doesn’t it?

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

The very definition of superpower is the accentuation of strength beyond normal boundaries. That strength can be physical, but it also can be a mental or spiritual power. For instance, up until recently, I believed the Marvel and DC Comics superheroes were characters whom I would classify possessing superpowers. And why not?

Superman is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Captain America possesses super speed and strength beyond that of mere mortals. Thor has the power of thunder rattling within his bones. And Hulk is a formidable opponent against just about anything.

Other superheroes, however, are natural superheroes based on their integrity to stand for truth and justice. Batman and Iron Man fall into this category, owning superpowers beyond the equipment they utilize to help fight crime. Should they not have their equipment, they would equally be able to defeat their enemies with their superpowers of persuasion, honesty and firm resolve. Their inherent powers are from within, unseen on a physical level, but evident in situations when called upon.

DC Comics
DC Comics

Similarly, if someone were to tell me I do not possess superpowers like comic book superheroes, I would agree. I am not faster than a speeding bullet. I mean, it would surprise me if I can catch the train on time. I am not more powerful than a locomotive. After all, I’m a scrawny guy with limited capacity to lift anything beyond a milk jug. And I cannot leap a tall building in a single bound. If I can lift my feet to climb the stairs, then that is as far as I’ll go exerting any physical activity for the day.

Of course, I’m being facetious. It’s fun making stuff up as I go along.

No, I may not be a superhero according to the standard definition, but neither is anyone else I know—at least to my knowledge. What I do know is every person on this planet has something they are really good at and no other person in this world can replace them doing what they do. Does that make sense?

Look at it this way, a brilliant writer who submits a 250-word article to a prominent magazine once a month will get paid $250 bucks. That’s a buck a word. For every “a”, “and” and “the”—that’s a buck. To be able to do that on a consistent level is having a superpower beyond imagination.

My dad had a superpower. He could do all sorts of plumbing. He used to crawl into exhaust tubes to retrofit vast arrays of water pipes from source to destination. At times, the pipes would burst and drench him from head to toe, but he’d always survive. There are only so many people in the world that couldn’t do that. To me, that is a superpower.

If you are a mom, then you would know you’ve got all those superheroes beat. No one can touch you. And no one can say you’re second-best.

I guess what I’m saying is you don’t have to be Superman, Captain America, Batman or Iron Man to make a difference in life. Your superpower is what you’re good at, and you can share it with the world.

And that is an amazing thing.

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What is your superpower?

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36 thoughts on “Superpowers

  1. Good writers take me down a dark street. They beg me to follow as they lead. Good writers open the world to me. The smells in the air, sounds of footsteps, rustle of garbage or leaves in the breeze. I would really rather not go down the dark street but I can’t resist the pull of the written word. You, Mr. Jack, have that superpower. I enjoy your writing.
    Leslie

  2. I loved this thought-provoking post, Jack. Writing well is a superpower; as they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. Or, in modern speak, the keyboard is mightier than the bomb. You have a vision (creativity), you stick to it (persistence-sweat-hard work), you execute that plan to the best of your abilities (hard work-efficiency-humility), and you hold fast and true to your ideals (integrity-honesty-character). Thus, you’re a great power in the pantheon of Super Writers! As to me, who knows? Can I say I’m an expert at the power of existing?! 🙂 Oh, yeah, that or the Garden Avenger.

  3. I think you’re all being too modest. My superpower is the ability to turn my ears into auxiliary eyes so that I have 270 degree vision. Great when you’re driving and crossing the road, but no defense when someone whacks you on the back of the head.

  4. Why does Superman leap over the buildings when he can fly?

    I’ve thought of this before and joked around that my imagination is my superpower. It makes me feel unique and the ability I utilize to affect others. This is to tell a story and bring a smile to a person’s face. It’s also helped me in my retail and office job days because you can solve unexpected problems that aren’t in the manual. Explaining your solutions to others isn’t part of the power set though.

  5. Hmmm. If insomnia is a super – power, then I’m up there with Captain America, Superman, Thor, the Torch….. 🙂
    Now, if curiosity is a super – power, I could be a hero of some sort, I can become almost OBSESSIVELY interested in almost ANY subject, no matter how seemingly obscure or un – interesting it might be other people. If I were a detective that could be a strength. Or it could become almost like OCD ( W / I have, to a degree ).

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