What is your superpower?

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?

Zuzu and Zim

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.

Doodle from 2016

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?

The Courageous Seeker, a mystical hunter figure, with his eagle eye and magic trident

It’s morning, so strong coffee poured.

2 Replies to “What is your superpower?”

  1. My superpower i guess is being a facilitator and leader of dementia support groups. I was trained inadvertently by my husband in 42 years of marriage to a school psychologist and family therapist and 19 years of Alzheimer’s. I’m not as good a facilitator as I am a leader in those groups. I tend to offer my ideas of dementia survival a bit too much, rather than letting the participants figure it out for themselves. But in my groups my participants are such loving, sharing, and empathetic people, that it all seems to work. I would have never dreamed that I would be in this place, now, but that is what life is all about, isn’t it?

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    1. Another “accidental leader”! Certainly the life you never expected to live has been an inspiration to me in many ways. You have a special force field too!


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