We all have superpowers, it’s true.
Sure, human bodies can’t fly through the air or climb walls like a spider. But every single one of us has a particular talent that makes us uniquely able to do certain things really well. Recognizing these innate skills is essential to mastering our own success and helping children find theirs – even if the virtues of those talents aren’t always obvious.
For example, I know a boy who is so fast that his parents never know where he is. He can zoom by the most watchful observer unnoticed, and be out in the backyard digging holes in the grass before anyone realizes he’s even come through the front door.
I also know a girl who excels in making people laugh during tense situations. She sings operas about the toilet at bedtime and knows the exact right second to stick out her tongue and dance circles on tiptoe around glowering grown-ups.
Though the use of their powers can often raise eyebrows (and voices), these kids have skills that are incredibly valuable in the grown-up world. The ability to ignore all others around you and get where you need to go quick? Wish I had it. Grace under pressure that flows out as non-judgmental humor? That’s gold for CEOs, managers, teachers, therapists, and humorists alike.
This year we’ve seen movies like Justice League and Power Rangers take the superhero motif to extremes, but endorsement of human scale powers has been appearing in pop culture, too. Stars like Coldplay sing about them in Something Just Like This, Batman discovers his strongest power yet is collaborating with others in The LEGO Batman Movie, and even scientists researching at MIT are helping people discover their own superpowers through gaming.
It’s time to give credit where credit is due and celebrate our natural abilities, no matter how strange they may seem at first look. At Camp EDMO®, experienced staff help your kids discover and harness their superpowers – whether it’s through Minecraft, coding, analyzing creatures in the dirt, building a ten-foot tall sculpture, or something else altogether.
As for me, I can become invisible: so quiet and unobtrusive that nobody knows I’m there. What good is it to be meek and mousey, you may ask? Well, I can see and hear what children (and adults) do and say to each other in confidence, when they think they are alone and unsupervised. This incredible power lets me see how things are not always as they seem to regular observers – I get both sides of every story. There is no black and white in my view of the world, only varied shades of the rainbow.
What about you? Tell us your superpower on our EDMO Facebook page!
“What’s Your Superpower?” courtesy of EDMO Parent and Contributing Writer, Heather Knape.