Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Everyday super

William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939. Photo from halfthreeingalway.com

X-ray vision.

Acknowledged super powers, bestowed upon heroes, raising them above the rest of us, simple mortals. In a posting of Nov. 15, Rachel referenced her super powers. Following are some of what I consider real-life super powers, one or more of which I may possess.

Writing poetry.
Creating music.
Making people laugh.
Making people cry, in a good way.
Building useful things - boats, houses, furniture, bridges.
Repairing cars.
Going to a nearly empty cupboard or refrigerator and putting together a pleasing dish or entire meal.
Tightrope walking.
Paying attention.
Inner peace.
A poker face.
Wilderness survival skills.
Excellent posture.
Being and staying in love.
Effortless order.
Bringing light to dark places.
Understanding quantum physics.
Being fluent in more than two languages.
Raising anything.
Accurately forecasting weather.

I know in five minutes or less I may think of a dozen others. They will keep. For all of you, and you know who you are, able to leap tall buildings and such, it may be time to design the costume and pick a name for your super hero self.


Sultan said...

Most of my power have dissipated but I still love Yeats.

Elisabeth said...

How many of these can you do? Marylinn. A fair few, I'll bet. Go for it superwoman.

susan t. landry said...

an inventive reminder of what we have, what we can do, vs what we can't.
i find a cape is restricting to arm movement; i'll opt for a plain black sweater :)

Radish King said...

Water Woman!
I can cry for days and still have enough to cry for anyone else who needs it.
Costume: Plastic probably a shower curtain.

Radish King said...

ps. I totally would have had a meat crush on Yeats. He's pretty.

RachelVB said...

I know exactly what other people need to feel better. Down to coffee, down to socks, down to sex, down to lollipops from their childhood they haven't seen in 30 years. And it's dangerous because on the flip-side I know exactly what could hurt them too. But I think maybe that's why I feel more super hero than super villain. I try with all of my being never to act on the villain.
I like real-life super powers. I like the thought that we all have things in us that can change others and do good and change ourselves.
I'll have to think on the name. It's gotta be a good one ;-)

Marylinn Kelly said...

Laoch - Having Yeats as our super powers poster man seemed a good idea. And I suspect there are more than a few items on the list at which you continue to excel.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Elisabeth - It was the "going to the pantry" item that got this ball rolling...if only super-human strength was part of my list. Thanks. So glad you are on the mend.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Susan - We CAN do so much and it is good to be reminded, to put a stop to undervaluing our skills. Arm movement, seldom given its deserved appreciation. And the black sweater, so much better for keeping the low profile.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Rebecca - I knew some mighty powers had been overlooked. Of course, Water Woman and her shower curtain cape. A chuckle is just what I needed. Can't wait for the action figure.

P.S. Yes, he is pretty and even a long-ago poetry deconstruction class did not spoil his words for me.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Rachel - Names...Intuitron...it is past my smart time, so I offer no excuse. It does sound like the power of an empath, super hero, never super villain. The knowing, and I do believe we have much greater access to it that we allow. Thank you for being the spark that started this line of thinking. xo

Artist and Geek said...

Dear Marylinn-as usual your mind offers a different and much appreciated perspective.

Thank you for reminding us that even the seemingly mundane can be super.

Although I'm not sure anyone truly understands quantum physics.
Thought you and your son might be interested: CERN is getting ready to peek into parallel universes.

The super-power at the top of my list, right after immortality ;) is as old as consciousness: flying.

Especially if airports around the world will insist on exposing us to radiation or unwelcome fondling.

Kass said...

No matter which of these powers you possess, you sound like someone I would like to know, just for thinking of them and formulating this list.

Anonymous said...


I feel like the y fronts are on over the pantyhose, but the outfit just isn't cutting it today.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Artist and Geek - We've been alerted about the CERN exploration and I am much relieved to know about the masses of us who have not quite caught on to quantum physics.

Flying becomes more appealing by the minute...will this be the issue that draws us into the streets, the NSA?

People do achieve extraordinary things, perhaps not even knowing what profound power they hold. And that is part of what makes this, in spite of so many challenges, such a rich existence.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Thank you. I am not sure how many I can claim but among people I know, even in a more peripheral way via their blogs, there is vast power, bringing good, illuminating the path. I am so glad that we can meet here, expanding our acquaintance a comment, a sentence, at a time.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Denise - Trust me, they are/will be so dazzled by your superness they will not even notice. Perhaps some swim trunks over the existing ensemble would help you feel more fully garbed, but not required. This is the home of come-as-you-are super heroes

Robert the Skeptic said...

Car repair and quantum physics - you are within a hair's grasp of explaining the Unified Field Theory.

Me.. they just call me "BBQ Man".

Marylinn Kelly said...

Robert - Hello. Being within any distance of explaining any theory seems like a borderline super power in itself...would that either of those two skills were mine. BBQ man is probably much more in demand than Batman and I seem to remember some inventive and appreciated beverages to accompany said bbq.

Sherry O'Keefe said...

i like how you said this: being and staying (in love).

it could be about love, it could be about being. and staying. lasting power. wisdom.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Sherry - Because it seems to be a power that has eluded me, I have respect for the being and staying in love that I believe I glimpse occasionally. The knowing, and not being dazzled or misled, and the lasting power, as you say, the wisdom. It strikes me as a rare gift, one of the truly super powers.