Are You Waiting for a Radioactive Spider?
I got bitten by a radioactive bug
I tried an experimental drug
I went for a stroll in a gamma testing range
I found an enchanted Uru cane
I made a serum that made me small
I modified the serum so it would make me tall
I got a radioactive isotope in my eye
A dying alien helped me accessorize
~ Super Powers, Ookla theMok
A huge part of the Super Hero mythology is having greatness, enormous responsibility and special powers thrust upon an unsuspecting or hapless regular human being. You’re walking along, minding your own business (or, perhaps, you’re a mad scientist carrying out some misguided experiment), when WHAM! Suddenly you’ve morphed from ordinary to extraordinary. And just like that, you can save the world. But here’s the truth, so sit up and grok this, okay?
WE ARE ALL SUPER HEROES. Born that way. No accident or intervention or spiders needed.
We are all more intuitive, more capable, and more powerful than most of us ever imagine. In part because we take our Super Powers for granted. We’ve always been able to do them, right? So it doesn’t seem special to us that we are writers gifted with the power of controlling language. Artists born with the power to move (or even cloud) men’s minds with our inspirations. Natural educators with the power to teach, and therefore change, the lives of those around us.
But, I hear some of you say, I don’t know how to do any of that stuff! I’m not special!
Oh, yes you are. Your Super Powers are likely hidden right under your nose, in something that seems trivial or even inane. Maybe you know the lyrics to every Moody Blues song ever written (Super Memory). Maybe you can take a snarled accounting system and set it to rights at lightning speed (Super Clarity). Maybe you are really good with animals (Super Empathy). Maybe you make the meanest chili this side of the border. (Super Nurturer).
We are all super heroes. Intuitives with the innate ability to deeply know ourselves and our truths about the world and our place in it. Game-changes who have the courage to reach out and make a difference in our corner of the world. The Courageous who know that life is about more than the latest purchase from Pottery Barn, trimming hedges and watching others create, innovate, explore and live big. And who decide to GO DO IT THEMSELVES!
We are all the Super Heroes of our own lives, if we will only see and seize our Super Powers.
Don’t wait for the spider bite, the alien encounter, the accident in the lab, the call to come from outside.
The call can only come from within yourself. Shhh, listen. Here that sound? That’s you, demanding that you save your own life.
Answer it. And feel the thrill, magic and life-changing wonder of owning your own Super Powers.