I spend a fair amount of time wishing I was a super hero. I guess flying and invisibility would be nice super powers to have, but I wish for something else: Super strength to lift more than 10 pounds on a consistent basis! Super speed to walk two blocks without pain! Super stamina to stay awake past 8:30 p.m.! Also, I have a thing for capes. I imagine wearing a cape is like wearing a blanket — it would make me warm and cozy ALL THE TIME.
I’m tired of the limits from fibromyalgia. I’m tired of wishing I was a super hero. So I’ve decided to just BE one. In fact, I’m building an army of super heroes. And you’re totally invited. We don’t have to have the usual super powers (yawn): telekinesis, flight, or the freakish ability to wield one of the basic elements (although if I could, I would totally pick fire). Instead, we can have more, um, specialized super powers.
I know someone with IBS who can hold in her poo until she finds a bathroom. Seriously the willpower and muscle power this takes is astounding. She also happens to have the super powers of lifting heavy things and accidentally making good t-shirt slogans. She rocks. I know someone with Lupus who makes these seriously amazing Christmas ornaments. I have another fiend who suffers from depression yet is able to run around in public in her underwear (for a good cause) — also, she is good at naming cats. Someone else I know with fibromyalgia is able to show gratitude for the small and big things in life Every. Single. Day. Someone with SOD type II has not only the sharpest wit EVER but also the ability to make perfect flowers out of frosting. Despite my chronic illness, I am really good at lip-synching to ’80’s pop ballads. Also, I can get the damn riding boots on the knock-off “American Girl” dolls from Target. It’s TOTALLY a super power.
So, if you put us all together you have a poo-holding, heavy-lifting and t-shirt-slogan-making, craft-creating, underwear-running, gratitude-giving, wit-wieling-and-edible-flower-making, ’80’s-lip-synching F-O-R-C-E. That’s right: together we are A FORCE. Even The Hulk couldn’t take us.
WE NEED YOU! Come and join our army of Specialized Super Heroes. Chronic illness is not required . . . but awesomeness is. Tell us about your super powers in the comments. If you can’t think of one, I’ll help you find one. Because you do have a super power. I promise.
What’s your super power?