I will need to come up with a new question now that I am putting this out here. One of my favorite questions to ask in an interview is “If you could be a superhero and/or have a superpower, what would it be and why?”
It’s always interesting to see and hear a person’s reaction to this question. Some are truly startled, others love it and answer without missing a beat. I have received answers that include the standard responses such as Superman and Wonder Woman and some crazy, off the wall answers as well. Each person usually has a good story around why he/she chose that particular character or power.
Surprisingly, no one ever asked me the question in return…until yesterday. I never really thought about my choice but now, suddenly, I am on the hot seat and can’t disappoint.
If I had to choose a superhero, I really can’t go wrong with Wonder Woman. If I had to choose a superpower, that’s much more difficult. The answer I gave was the ability to read minds/see inside someone’s soul. Now, this could be very disappointing, discouraging and even dangerous, but I choose to shift my perspective and see the amazing possibilities.
Imagine being able to connect with someone who is so painfully shy, or socially frightened or being able to see the joy, love, and selflessness inside that’s hidden due to trauma, pain, abuses, etc. Visualize connecting with someone who is experiencing illness, grief, depression, profound sadness, Alzheimer’s or autism—-all on their level and according to their desires? I see endless possibilities when I am able to see a person at their core rather than through the masks they put on each morning.
In today’s world where we are bombarded with digital media from every direction and medium telling us what to think, what to eat, buy and wear; how to be thinner, healthier, more attractive, richer, and so on, people are just worn down. They long for physical connection and conversation, laughter and tender moments, but have become withdrawn and isolated in the quest to escape the chaos.
Imagine having the ability to see inside their minds, hearts and souls and being able to meet them where they are? That is the superpower I wish to have; making more meaningful and sustainable connections every day. I have a feeling, if I really think about it, I can start doing this today without any special magical power.
I look forward to hearing about what you would choose: superhero, superpower or both. Tell your story in the comment section and let’s start changing the world one small leap (or flight, or lightning strike) at a time!