I’m a superhero.
Like most superheroes, I’ve learned to keep my powers hidden and quiet. Only those closest to me know. And like most superheroes, I grew up thinking I was fundamentally flawed because of my powers. Of course, before I realized the superhero thing, I didn’t consider them “powers” nor did I see them as positive. I considered them weird quirks that isolated me from everyone else and I saw them as a curse.
Having found my way through the darkness of the proverbial innermost cave of the hero’s journey, I now know better. I’ve returned with the elixir and, as Joseph Campbell‘s myth would have it, things are not the same. Now I know there are others like me, many of whom are still hiding their powers—even from themselves—and still thinking they’re flawed.
To the sensitive souls, who are still struggling, quivering alone outside the cave wondering if they’re worthy enough to go in, here are seven ways your cursed quirks are more like blessed superpowers.
May these give you the courage to explore your own innermost cave and see for yourself not only how powerful you truly are, but also the impact you can have on others, once you learn to use your superpowers for good.
1. You have emotional X-ray vision.
Like Superman, with his ability to see through walls, you can see through someone’s Crest-white-strip-smile, underneath their bubbly facade, seeing their sadness and longing. Thoreau’s quote: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” is inaccurate for you. There’s nothing quiet about other people’s desperation. You see it loud and clear. Because of this, you can cut through pretenses and show kindness and empathy toward those desperately needing it.
2. You are an emotional absorber.
Along with seeing someone’s hidden sadness, you often feel it as if it were your own. You walk down a crowded street and as people pass by, their energy passes through you and you suddenly feel their joy, sadness, anger, loneliness or anything else they may be feeling. Because of this, you can take in their pain, transmute it and return it to them purified with love and strength. You can learn how to do this without being negatively affected by it and use it to empower yourself and others.
3. You are a human lie detector.
You have a built-in bullsh*t meter and you can tell when someone’s lying. You might not be able to explain it and often can’t prove it, but you know it. Something just feels off. Like Spiderman, with his “Spidey sense” when danger approaches, you can sense a bullsh*t artist before he even opens his mouth. Because of this, you can avoid certain people and situations before they become major problems for you.
4. You can see into the future.
You may or may not be a full on psychic, but you often have a sense of what’s about to happen before it happens. You think of someone and in that instant, the phone rings and it’s them. Or you wake up with a tight knot in your stomach and then something bad happens to you or someone you love that day. Or you have a dream that comes true months later. Because of this, you can bend time, soften outcomes and prepare for things in advance.