Super powers

It’s an age-old question that’s supposed to tell us so much about ourselves, each other: if you could have any super power, what would you choose? Inhuman strength? X-Ray vision? Mind-reading? Invisibility?

To me, those last two are a little too close to omniscience for comfort. Once upon a time, I absolutely would have wanted that. Think of how easy it would be, knowing what someone was thinking or feeling without the difficulties verbal communication so often cause! How thrilling┬áto see things you’d never be privy to otherwise! But here’s the thing: sometimes when you’re invisible, you see things you don’t want to, or that you had no right to see. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes it’s angering and sometimes it ruins a surprise. When is what you see when no one knows you’re watching ever a benefit? And sometimes you’re invisible without realizing it, and the thing you shouldn’t see is imposed upon you, and while it isn’t your fault and you didn’t try to be disrespectful or untrusting and you don’t deserve the pain, it comes anyway. But with pain comes clarity, and with clarity comes understanding, and with understanding comes acceptance, and with acceptance comes peace. And so it goes.

As for me? I’ll take the ability to fly. You can keep the rest.

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2 Responses to “Super powers”

  • Comment from Kait Roe

    I will take the ability to heal emotional pain. Or to be kind.

    • Comment from Kirsten

      Sad that kindness seems like a super power, isn’t it? And while I yearn, too, for the ability to heal the wounds to people’s hearts… I wonder if we would be even more bereft of kindness in the world if there were such an easy way out.

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