Celebrate your superpower in poetry, prose, paints, pencil, photography, or song.

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Recently, we shared Rhys Tranter’s incisive interview with Carolyn Cocca as an editors’ pick on Discover. Carolyn wrote the book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation.

What I loved most about the interview is Carolyn’s inclusive view of superpowers and how she infuses every reader with possibility, emphasis mine:

What’s different and special about Batgirl and Supergirl and Wonder Woman is that they do all of this through female bodies. They demonstrate that heroism and intelligence and strength and leadership are not male traits. Rather, they are human traits that can be performed by anyone. — Carolyn Cocca

When I read that line, it reminded me of being a young girl. I remember feeling strong and powerful leaping over our (admittedly very short) hedge and pretended to crush tennis balls with my bare hands mimicking Lindsay Wagner in The Bionic Woman. Oh, what a feeling!

Today, your challenge is to depict your superpower in the medium of your choice. Your superpower might be putting the kids to bed with aplomb, speed, and grace. It could be whipping up dinner for 20 and not breaking a sweat. It could be a special knack for pottery, fixing flat tires, or soothing fussy infants. What is it that you do, that no one does as well as you? That’s your superpower. If you’re bereft of special skills, imagine the skill you wish you had.

Poets might write an ode to their superpower. Photographers and visual artists might depict the creative costume worn when the moment to be mighty strikes. Musicians might compose a theme song to celebrate their gift.

No matter what it is that you choose to share, I can’t wait to see it, hear it, or read it.

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