“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – President Abraham Lincoln
It’s exciting to me to write about superheros, and heros in general because they are so much connected to our creative cuture. I don’t just mean superheros like Superman and Spiderman, but also heros like Harry Potter, the Doctor, Sherlock Holmes, Katinss (Hunger Games trilogy), Amy (Across The Universe trilogy… FYI: Last book of the trilogy out tomorrow, Tuesday Jan. 15!!), Tris (Divergent trilogy), Richard Castle & Detective Kate Beckett (Castle), Booth & Brennan (Bones), and etc. They might seem different from us for their special talents, skills, and powers. Though they are similar to us, because they want to help and make a difference. Just like the heros in real life such as Firefighters, Police officers, Paramedics, Soliders, and so many more. It’s great to look at these heros, fictional and non-fictional, and see their best qualities and the ones they lack. So that way we can grow to become the best we can be.
Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt:
If you were a superhero, what would be your hidden superpower?
The first thing I found interesting about this prompt was the word, “hidden.” Normally when we see superheros, we know or find out what their superpowers are. There are many superpowers I would like to have.
The first one I thought of was Invisiblity, which would work with the prompt. It would be hard for people to know I would have this power unless they see me disappear in front of them. The two characters I think about right away would be Harry Potter with his Invisiblity cloak, and Violet from The Incredibles. One character has the power within her, and the other needs to have the object to recieve the power. It would be great to have the power within me, but I think I would choose the cloak. It would give me the option to be invisible, if the situation arose, and be able to pass it down to future generations.
The second power that I would love to have would be Healing. The character I think of for this power, would be Leo from Charmed who happens to be an Angel. He is able to put his hands above the area that is wounded and heal who ever needs help quickly. This power would be the one I would want the most because I would be able to help others who are in need.
The third power would be Night Vision. Who wouldn’t want to be able to see at night? I mean it would make it easier for me to read late at night, haha. I think it would be useful to see where you are going, who/what is around you, and have the opportunity to see things you wouldn’t be able to see normally at night (such as little creatures, like bunnies running around). We do technology that gives us a chance to have night vision, but it costs money and not easily accessible.
These two powers seem to have a similar idea: Time Travel and Flying. When I think of Time Travel now, I think of Doctor Who. The Doctor is able to travel through time and space through his TARDIS (it looks like a blue Police Box, but bigger on the inside). It seems like a fun idea to travel the universe with the Doctor, and save worlds. Though it’s a bit dangerous, but what is life without danger, right?
Though we can fly through the air on a plane. There is some thing thrilling about flying through the air without anything at all to help. Kind of like Superman. It would be notice able unless there was a way to have invisiblity. An invisible flying car would be cool, but what if the button for invisiblity didn’t work like it did with Harry and Ron. Any way to travel to different places quickly, sounds great to me. I would love to travel, but it’s always the cost that gets in the way.
Another great power would be Teleportation. Kind of like apparition in Harry Potter, when you’re of age you can learn how to use your powers to appear where ever you want to be. My friend Melissa is writing a story where her character is able to teleport through dreams to other worlds. Teleportation could be just as good as Time Travel without the messing with time element.
Special Mentions on favorite superpowers: Molecular Imbilization (Piper Halliwell on Charmed), Psychokinesis (Prue Halliwell), Empathy (Phoebe Halliwell), and Photokinesis (Paige & Leo on Charmed)
The coolest power, I believe, is Deduction. I know this isn’t really a superpower, but I think it’s still a useful power to have. If you’ve seen the BBC/PBS show Sherlock, you’ll have a bit of an idea of what I’m talking about. Sherlock Holmes uses deductive reasoning almost like a superpower. Just don’t tell him that, because he would insist that what he does is all science. He’s really talented at observing in great detail, and uses logic to come to conclusions. Though Sherlock does have trouble with social interactions and doesn’t think sentiment is important. That’s why he needs Dr. John Watson & Dr. Molly Hooper on his side to remind him what’s really important. Plus wouldn’t it be cool to have your own mind palace? Apparently there are ways to actually think like Sherlock Holmes, and have a mind palace too! By the way, happy belated birthday, Sherlock Holmes!
Check out these cool links:
– The Method of Loci from Discovery Health
– How To Build Your Own Mind Palace: A personal account from a Sherlock fan
– A scene from Sherlock relating to his Mind Palace (Spoiler Alert!! If you haven’t seen the show this might give away something).
Though the most important powers are love, courage, bravery, wisdom, loyality, and faith. These we can personally all continue to grow and value everyday of our lives.
“Education never ends… It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.” – Sherlock Homes (Arthur Conan Doyle)