Super Powers


What if all of the so called “negative” physical and mental conditions we as humans have…some being…poor eyesight, poor hearing, ADHD, hyperactivity, depression, speech difficulties, dementia, and the full range of the physical…

What if they were actually our SUPER POWERS in disguise?  How would we feel about them then and how would we look at others?

A friend of mine told me that a coworker calls his ADHD his super power because it enables him to deal with many different activities that many people can’t do in a day.

Is it like everything else?  Merely our PERCEPTIONS and way of looking at something?  Looking at a different side of it…what the “gift” of it might be…the POWER we can get from it…not the weakness it is considered to be in general society?

Just thinking about my hearing for example…I’ve worn a hearing aid since early childhood, had speech therapy for years and in the past few years, tinnitus as well.  It has been considered a negative condition(a handicap) basically my whole life.  I’ve always been envious of those who have normal hearing and it has kept me from doing many things in the past.

But what if I start considering it to be my super power instead?  What exactly is the “lack of hearing” super power?

1. I look intently at people when they talk to me.

2. My other senses are heightened somewhat(basically touch and smell).

3. When I don’t have my hearing aid on, I can concentrate on the project at hand (I can remember doing that in school …   whenever I had to take a test).

4. I am more alert and aware of my surroundings …noticing more.

5. Because of having to look at people and animals while they are talking, I notice more things about them…am more aware of facial expressions that people with “normal” hearing don’t notice.

6. I deal more with visual and feeling pursuits rather than audial.

(My good friend Jennifer gave me four more…she said I had to have ten…so here are her four:
“7.  Not hearing something way back may have been a self-protective mechanism at the time.
8.  Not hearing some things now could be a form of selective hearing that protects you from taking in so much negativity.
9.  Being so-called “hearing impaired” likely makes you more empathetic with and sensitive to the elders and others you work with who have a similar situation, as opposed to those of us with “normal” hearing who tend to be perceived as too soft-spoken, too fast, or too impatient with them.
10.  Having to rely more heavily on perceptions and other forms of communication may have strengthened your writing abilities over the years…”

Thanks Jennifer…I appreciate you! ❤

I invite you to try this exercise and just notice how it changes your perception of yourself and others.

What is YOUR super power?

til next time…Eva

2 thoughts on “Super Powers

  1. Glad you found this interesting and useful too, Eva. When we first had that conversation, I asked Zack if I could use his son’s take on his ADHD for a post also, and he laughed and gave me free rein. Almost everyone I have mentioned it to since has spent at least a few minutes reconsidering their own self-limiting labels and examining the flip side instead.

    • I am so grateful you told me about Zack’s son’s take on ADHD…sometimes it is just what we need…taking what society deems a “handicap” and making it our power instead. Please let him know how grateful I am for that point of view! It has definitely made me feel better about my hearing superpower…

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