By Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange Tempe
Even as a kid I knew I’d never go the Clark Kent route. Early on I determined that, if I ever discovered that I actually had a super power, I wouldn’t create some alter ego and try to hide it from the world. So the other day when my super power finally showed itself, I knew that I couldn’t just keep it under wraps. An announcement was in order.
That handsome devil in the old school Batman tee is me, along with my trusty sidekick brother. Back then it wasn’t “Batman vs. Superman” – it was the Dark Knight and Man of Steel vs. everyone else. My mom, crafty in both senses of the word, stitched together the capes we’re wearing here; the ingenious part was that they were reversible—Batman insignia on one side, Superman on the other. This allowed us caped crusaders to quickly change roles and avoid fights. The fighting was saved for the imaginary bad guys.
I’ve never been a big keeper of photos, so it was a pleasant surprise when I ran across this one tucked away in the recesses of my closet. It made me wish I had held on to that old cape. The next day I’m killing a few minutes in a thrift store before meeting friends for lunch, when I happen upon a small handmade cape. Of course it’s not the gem from my childhood, but it does have the Superman logo. Cute. But… wait… is that… the Batman logo on the flipside? An identical, reversible, hand sewn cape? Are you kidding me?! That’s when the lightbulb sparked—while I may not have actually wished this object into being, I did, in some cosmic pied piper sort of way, draw it to myself. I suddenly realized that this type of thing has happened to me numerous times before, and I had simply played it off as nothing special. But of course, I now see, it is. I’m a magnet for meaningful objects. That’s my super power.
Now I’m a firm believer that everyone possesses some kind of super power. It may not be as flashy as the heroes of comic book lore, but one is lurking nonetheless. Of course, like me, you may think nothing of it at first. Perhaps your power is the ability to always choose the fastest lane at the grocery store, or the uncanny knack of always knowing what a movie character is going to say right before they say it. I’m not claiming that the powers themselves are overtly super, but the fact that you can do something that eludes the rest of us is super—and should be celebrated.
So while Comic Con may not be until July, I’m officially declaring today Super Power Day. If you’re having a hard time coming up with what your power might be, ask your friends and family if they’ve noticed you display any quirky, unique abilities (the answers may surprise you). If you’re still left scratching your head, just stay attuned to the idea and I’m confident that the power will reveal itself in short order. Then you can trace back your own superhero origin story—cape or no cape.