Come on, I know you have one. Maybe you didn’t even realize it till you looked back across your life and thought, “Oh yeah, I could do that.” That being something you didn’t go to school for, but was just part of you. Your gift.
Maybe you still rely on that superpower every day. Or maybe, like me, you have to recall it. Maybe, like me, you have to dig it out from the back of the closet, dust it off, and figure out how to make it work again. And what does it mean to have that superpower in 2020?
What is my superpower?
A decade ago I was trying to create a couple of cartoon characters, Zuzu and Zim. Heroes need superpowers, so…? Made me think about myself and my career as an accidental leader (who really wanted to be left alone in my office with my analytic skills).
My superpower was a Protective Force Field. For those who said YES, I was able to provide a space, a haven for them to work their gifts. I was no good at nurturing or mentoring. I was good at letting people be, in a safe place, protected from a lot of bullshit guidance.
Of course, years later, I realized the Protective Force Field benefitted me as much as those who joined me. It was mutual. The more I was surrounded by people working their gifts, the more my own powers were unleashed. I guess that’s why we see more superheroes working in teams these days.
But where does that leave me in Pandemic 2020? My Protective Force Field is definitely at work in a literal way for a client of one — my soon-to-be 88-year-old husband “Zim.” His Courageous Seeker superpower still keeps me going, still brings out the best in me. But is that where it ends? Two old superheroes, living out our days alone together in the quiet hermitage?
It’s morning, so strong coffee poured.