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#MicroblogMondays 23: Superpower

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Yesterday I was singing Peter Cetera’s always excellent “Glory of Love” from the hit movie soundtrack for Karate Kid II (don’t we all?), and I suddenly realized as I sang the chorus that I had no clue how he was planning to live forever.  I mean, forget how he was going to be hero; how was he going to manage immortality?  And give the object of his affection immortality, too?

And then I realized that I didn’t know how I felt about immortality.  Would I want to live forever?  And if I was going to reject immortality, could I choose a different superpower instead?

I think if I can order up my superpower, I’d take the ability to fly.  How about you?  Are you taking immortality, or are you going to request a superpower substitution?

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1. Shailaja 19. Just Heather 37. Journeywoman
2. Tas IVFer 20. Mary Francis 38. Laurel Regan @ Alphabet Salad
3. Uma S 21. A. 39. Happy Go Lucky
4. Persnickety 22. Daryl 40. Mali (A Separate Life)
5. No Baby Ruth 23. S 41. Mali (No Kidding in NZ)
6. My Path To Mommyhood (Jess) 24. Baby, Are You Coming 42. Queenie
7. One and Done? 25. Northern Star 43. Shannon
8. Middle Girl 26. Solo Mama 44. AHalf Baked Life: Bright Spot
9. Anks 27. Obsessivemom 45. Delenn
10. Deboshree 28. Magpie 46. Infertile Girl
11. Lori Lavender Luz 29. Karen (River Run Dry) 47. deathstar
12. Geochick 30. Junebug 48. Suzy at Someday Somewhere
13. Gil (The Hardest Quest) 31. Baby Blue Sunday 49. Rachel
14. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 32. Usha 50. apluseffort
15. Kasey 33. Jo Anne 51. the lewis note
16. Parul 34. gradualchanges
17. Isabelle 35. torthΓΊ il
18. Non Sequitur Chica 36. Vinitha


1 Shailaja V { 02.02.15 at 6:09 am }

As far as superpowers go, I think I will go with one that will self-clean the house at the blink of an eye. I swear housework will be the death of me! And I need to blog πŸ˜‰ I don’t want to live forever, because, hello! Housework πŸ˜‰

2 TasIVFer { 02.02.15 at 6:19 am }

The superpower I need is acceptance. A lot of people seem to regard this as just something easy, however for me it’s a stumbling block. I’m not good at accepting that I’m doing the best that I can or accepting compliments. Or that there will be no more attempts at another living child.

But if I had acceptance, I’d love to dematerialise/materialise from one place to another at will. Travel without the expense or discomfort of long haul flights from Oz would be ace!

3 Persnickety { 02.02.15 at 6:50 am }

I had never thought about having a superpower! Can I just have the ability to do magic? Kind of rolls up a lot of the superpowers, but in a different way and still requires learning and skills to do it.

4 UmaS { 02.02.15 at 7:05 am }

Superpowers huh ?? I dont know…I am happy the way things are going on for me πŸ˜€
May be that flying superpower is worth to try, to overcome this damn traffic worries πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

5 No Baby Ruth { 02.02.15 at 7:15 am }

No thank you to immortality. But in that vein, maybe I’d want to be able to stay super healthy and sane until my time came? I actually don’t mind the thought of death (assuming it’s not super premature), but the idea of aging doesn’t sound good. At. All.

So, that’s kind of a crappy superpower. Maybe if I could give that gift to everyone it’d be better?

6 Valery Valentina { 02.02.15 at 7:26 am }

I have so often wished i could copy myself. A copy of me would have married young and gotten many many babies, a copy would have kept travelling around the world, a copy for every time I fell in love…
I would probably need the complementary power to absorb a copy for a choice that didn’t work out. And um, maybe a collective happiness?

7 Jess { 02.02.15 at 7:30 am }

Oh, immortality? No way, jose. Seeing my 96 year old grandmother grapple with longevity when so many of her friends and loves had passed before her was enough to make me definitively never want to live forever. Immortality’s only good if everyone you love has it, too, and even then I’d think it might get boring after you’d had the chance to try everything. No thank you.

I’d like the superpower of healing. To heal illness, to heal broken hearts and souls, to heal the world of its hatred and environmental irresponsibility. That’s what I would want.

As always, great thought-provoking question!

8 Middle Girl { 02.02.15 at 7:47 am }

Immortality, in and of itself, is not super or powerful. There are other conditions that must come into play to present this as a superpower. As has been mentioned, good health and having loved ones exist right along with you.

So, no to immortality. Yes to magic. Magic to do away with competition; the dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest mentality. Magic to to put all on equal footing. Magic to transform the quality of life for all for the better.

9 Deboshree { 02.02.15 at 7:51 am }

This is indeed an interesting thought. I wonder what I would ask for. Maybe the power to bring back people from the dead. But, as Harry Potter made evident, this might be unnatural.

10 Reb { 02.02.15 at 7:57 am }

Ooh, so many good ideas here all ready! My answer to this question has always been to have the ability to photosynthesize. Think about it – you could still eat when you want, but you would never get hungry. And if you could share it with others, there goes world hunger and malnourishment.

Immortality is definitely overrated… I’d pass.

11 anks { 02.02.15 at 8:02 am }

Ability to Fly would have to be the most wanted super power me thinks! I wonder why when we have planes already :p

I would like the ability to understand, speak and read every language in the world. Would that not be fun??? πŸ™‚

12 Catwoman73 { 02.02.15 at 8:03 am }

I would love to be able to fly! But immortality? No thank you. Watching everything you know and love die or change- I imagine it would be rather lonely to live forever. I would rather be reincarnated, and get to give this whole life thing another shot, right from the beginning.

13 Geochick { 02.02.15 at 8:47 am }

I think I have to go with flying! Invisibility void be fun too.

14 Karen (River Run Dry) { 02.02.15 at 9:36 am }

I need clones… so I can do ALL THE THINGS!

I don’t think I’d want to live forever, either.

15 Kasey { 02.02.15 at 10:19 am }

I do not want to live forever. I don’t know what superpower I would like. When I was younger I always wanted to be invisible, but now I’m not sure.

16 Caryn { 02.02.15 at 10:27 am }

No to immortality of course. I would go for healing myself.
More importantly, when I watched the video, I discovered I already have a super power. Who knew 25 years later I would still know all the words to “Glory of Love”? Sweet!

17 Isabelle { 02.02.15 at 10:43 am }

I would say no to immortality, but would say Yes to having the power to fix anything in this world.

18 Ana { 02.02.15 at 11:03 am }

Teleportation (this has to also include the ability to teleport others with me). I am so sick of trying to drag my kids through the cold/rain/ice this winter…its the worst part of my day every single week day and I turn into a yelling, threatening, angry monster that I hate.

19 Ana { 02.02.15 at 11:04 am }

And no, I would not want immortality. It sounds awful, to see everyone and everything you love disappear and have to keep on going. More of a torture than a blessing…

20 Mary Francis { 02.02.15 at 11:25 am }

You are condensed stardust living on sunlight. That’s physics, not philosophy. The rest is mystery. Look around you and enjoy the ride!

21 Sharon { 02.02.15 at 11:48 am }

My husband and I had a conversation when we were dating about which superpower would be the best one to have. He convinced me then that it would be invisibility. πŸ™‚

I would definitely not want immortality. My beloved paternal grandmother lived to 85, and she often talked about how difficult it was to outlive nearly everyone you love. If you were immortal, you would go through that experience over and over again. No thanks.

22 A. { 02.02.15 at 12:03 pm }

I used to do this question as an ice-breaker journal prompt during the first week with my 7th graders. (The kids always come up with the best powers, and the best loopholes for maximizing powers.) For me, definitely NOT immortality, not any freaking mind reading either. I’ll take some teleportation, pick up breakfast in gay Paris, vacation without d-bags bashing my knees in coach. Yep!

23 Cristy { 02.02.15 at 12:07 pm }

Isn’t the idea of immortality suppose to be a curse? I’m thinking of “the Highlander” and most vampire stories. Yes, there is an appeal with never dying but there is something to be said about being left behind and overstaying one’s welcome. But life hasn’t been overly kind to me, so I don’t necessarily view death as a bad thing.

24 Baby, Are You Coming? { 02.02.15 at 12:16 pm }

I definitely don’t want to live forever! I would want a superpower where I can wave my hand over my dirty kitchen, and it’s magically clean! I love to cook, but hate cleaning the mess afterwards! UGH!!

25 Obsessivemom { 02.02.15 at 1:01 pm }

I’d like to be become a mind-reader like Edward Cullen. Wouldn’t that be just great – specially to know what my kids were thinking without having to guess all the time.

26 Usha Pisharody { 02.02.15 at 1:52 pm }

Nope no superpowers. I rather like the vulnerability of being human πŸ™‚ Immortality is a huge burden to carry. Also never-ending πŸ™‚

27 gradualchanges { 02.02.15 at 2:29 pm }

No immortality for me thanks, I’ve read enough fantasy novels to know the drawbacks. Superpowers though I can get on board with. I can never decide which one I want – I’m greedy and I want them all. My husband on the other hand wants telekinesis. Sometimes he’ll try to move things with his mind just in case it kicked in overnight or something. One can dream.

28 JoAnne Applebaugh { 02.02.15 at 3:07 pm }

I have done some considering of this question. My husband has done more. He would like to be able to manipulate energies, including changing any form of energy into any other form of energy. For example, he could manipulate gravitational fields (which would work like telekinesis) or turn sunlight into electricity. When you consider all the different forms of energy, you quickly realize that my husband is a genius. πŸ™‚

29 Junebug { 02.02.15 at 3:13 pm }

The power of magic seems like it would be awfully useful and all encompassing – flying, potions, brews, wands, dragons, transmogrification … The possibilities are endless!

PS I am sure they will start showing up one of these days…

30 torthuil { 02.02.15 at 3:58 pm }

I would definitely have clones so that I could do several things at once, instead of unproductively bouncing from one to the other lol.

31 Laurel Regan { 02.02.15 at 6:36 pm }

I would say yes to immortality, as long as it wasn’t at ALL like the movie “Death Becomes Her.” *grin*

32 Northern Star { 02.02.15 at 7:00 pm }

I think from where I stand today, immortality seems like a nice idea…. But it sure would get lonely. Flying would be wicked! With you on that.

33 Justine { 02.02.15 at 7:09 pm }

Oh, that song … πŸ™‚

I always thought that he was sort of singing about their love AS their immortal-ness … because no, I don’t think I’d want to live forever, either.

34 a { 02.02.15 at 8:00 pm }

I would not want to be immortal, but I can’t think of what superpower I would like. However, we did see the trailer for the new Spongebob movie, and the line I remember was Spongebob saying “I guess we should have picked a different superpower for you, Patrick” after Patrick gathered up all the ice cream and made as if to freeze a villain with it…but instead, ate it all.

35 Mali { 02.02.15 at 9:14 pm }

I think most people here are quite a bit younger than me, so they can’t quite see the attractions of immortality yet. I can. Maybe though I could bargain, and go for just a few hundred years AS WELL AS teleportation. Because here in NZ, we are even further away from the rest of the world than TasIVFer!

36 Queenie { 02.02.15 at 9:27 pm }

I’d only want immortality if everyone and everything important to me could have it, too.

37 Shannon { 02.02.15 at 9:52 pm }

I’m with Jess, I’d like the superpower of healing.

Or maybe even the power to diagnose accurately. These days, that more than half the battle. I can’t imagine how great it would be to be able to tell someone what was causing their symptoms or their infertility – it would be incredible.

38 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.02.15 at 10:23 pm }

I’m kinda stuck. Living forever doesn’t really sound appealing, but neither does dying.

I’d want the power to teleport. I’d go everywhere man. I’d go everywhere.

39 Delenn { 02.02.15 at 10:27 pm }

Immortality is too limiting and depressing. (And it makes me think of Highlander) I think I would like telekinesis as a superpower…basically, I wanna use the Force. πŸ™‚

40 Claire { 02.02.15 at 11:37 pm }

I like to be able to fly – like many here. Talking to the dead would be an interesting one – if a little sad. Or how about having the power to eat whatever I wanted and not put on any weight – or better still lose weight by eating my favorite junk food. Is that a power or just crazy reverse thinking?

41 Mrs T { 02.03.15 at 11:49 am }

Oops, my microblog Monday bled into Tuesday πŸ™‚ I would definitely request a substitution and it would be telekinesis.

42 loribeth { 02.03.15 at 5:28 pm }

Realized I added my post but forgot to answer the question. πŸ˜‰ I’m not necessarily sure immortality is a good thing either. But yeah, the ability to teleport would be cool. Think of the savings in airfare! πŸ˜‰

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