Who cares what you got on the test if you have a superpower?

Contrary to what the comic books depict, your superpower doesn’t have to be something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world.

There’s no rulebook that says you need this exaggerated, telekinetic or world class ability. It can simply be a gift that you possess, that nobody can take away from you, which contributes a disproportionate amount of meaning in yours and other people’s lives.

My superpower, for example, is and always has been writing. And not because my words have this profound literary quality or influence, or because my books and songs are top sellers that have impacted audiences around the globe.

Truth is, most people have never heard of my work, and never will. And that’s fine. My superpower doesn’t require that level of reach. Nobody’s does.

What matters more is that writing makes life possible for me. That’s what makes my power so super. The creative process has become the number one arrow in my quiver for understanding myself, metabolizing my experiences, solving problems, creating value, speaking to myself about my own needs, processing all my emotions and coping with the inevitable ups and downs of life.

Who cares if my words are good? Who cares if anybody sees or hears them? There is not a single compelling reason anybody could come up with that would persuade me to stop writing.

What superpower defines your life?

If you’re not sure what that thing is yet, you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have one. Ask yourself this.

What is the one activity that is existentially painful for you not to do?

Meaning, if you were the last person on earth, you would still do this thing every day. That may not be your superpower, but it will certainly point towards it.

Treat your answer as a clue. A stepping stone towards some gift you possess that nobody can take away from you.

You may not be able to shoot lasers from your eyes or leap tall buildings in a single bound.

But you might just be able to make life a little better for yourself and others. 

Are you looking for your gifts, only to find that you’ve been carrying them within the whole time?


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