Sunday Question – What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?

Around the time I wrote my post on fictional characters, I also wondered what it was about some of them that intrigued us, especially comic book characters. I came to the conclusion that one of the things we like about some of them is that they seem to have extraordinary abilities of some type, akin to superpowers, though not always necessarily seen in that fashion.

For instance, you look at someone like Superman and you see, well, all sorts of superpowers. Then you look at someone like Bugs Bunny and realize that he may not have a traditional superpower (traditional; hah!), but he can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. I remember the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, one of my favorites, and how the cartoon characters could fall and fall and fall, and nothing mattered because they could always get back up and go again.

Even Archie Andrews kind of has something most of us wouldn’t mind. He’s been a 17-year old teenager for almost 60 years at this point; man, who wouldn’t love to live a long life like that, perpetually young and seemingly invincible if only for that reason?

It begs the question then; what power would you want to have if you could have a superpower? Many people think this is an easy one to answer and will throw something out quickly, but I always figure that how you answer a question tells a lot about the way you think, or don’t think. For instance, let’s look at the ability to fly. Yup, this one sounds great, but what if you could fly, but had no other power to protect you? It would mean that even with the ability you couldn’t just fly indiscriminately. You couldn’t fly in inclement weather. You might not want to fly if it was extremely cold or hot. You’d have to deal with things hitting you in the face, including birds and bugs. What if you could fly only if you maintained or stayed under a certain weight, and that meant you couldn’t wear a coat or gain weight?

What about super strength? That sounds cool, until you realized that you had to then learn how NOT to break stuff. That, and really, how often would any of us use something like that? Same goes for super speed or x-ray vision. You might still want these things if you worked in certain professions, but for general purposes how would you use these powers, and when? If you’d use them for bad things, what would that say about you as a person?

So then, after you’ve given it a little bit of thought, which superpower, or extraordinary ability if you will, would you want? You have to pick a specific one, but of course you’re going to have many choices to choose from. I whittled my list down to 3 to work from. The first one I had then finally let go was super intelligence. The problem with it is that you’d never be able to forget the bad things, and there’s an interesting blessing in being able to put some of that stuff behind you.

The second one was difficult, as it’s always been the one thing that I’ve said would be my number one, but as I think about it I’d rather not, that being the ability to never have to sleep. Sometimes I like sleeping, though I don’t do it well. I could get a lot of stuff done, but the act of dreaming sometimes brings ideas to all of us that we’d never entertain if we never slept.

That means I’m at my number one choice, which is longevity. I’d love being 50 years old and having the face and body of my 20 year old self; at least the day I turned 20. Heck, I’d want that at age 100. Sure, no one lives forever, but I’d like to live as long as I wanted to, looking and feeling as young as I wanted to, and only aging when I felt it was necessary. Strange as it sounds, I think I’d love to be my 35 year old self the best, and might stay there forever. But that would be it for me; and no stupid Dorian Gray pictures either!

There you go; what’s your answer?

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22 thoughts on “Sunday Question – What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?”

  1. Ok you got me on this one. DH is a comic book junkie so I’m kinda too well versed on this topic. I wish I could have Wolverine’s ability to heal quickly and Storm’s ability to control the weather. That way it would never be too hot or too cold and if I wanted an excuse to stay indoors or be late, I could just make it rain (you’d have to have dealt with Atlanta traffic to appreciate that one)…
    .-= DeAnna Troupe´s last blog ..Looking for interview subjects about social networking =-.

    1. DeAnna, you kill me! Controlling the weather isn’t bad, but I’d be worried that I’d be having one of those nightmares of twisters and the like, then would wake up to find out I’d been causing some. lol

  2. Well,now you have really given me something to think about concerning flying- something I always wished I could do.

    My second choice would be to be invisible.

    The only downfall I can think with that is if you heard or saw something you may not want to….concerning someone else or even you.

    I’m sre there are some things about other people that I’d rather not know..
    .-= Carolee´s last blog ..Strutting your stuff… =-.

    1. Good point, Carolee. If one started watching people while invisible, could they turn off the urge to be voyeuristic most of the time? That might be hard to do. And that’s the thing about thinking about superpowers; most of them in the real world would have a downside, so they’d have to be chosen carefully.

  3. I have only one problem in my life to tackle which I would like to have one super power. A couple of my customers do not pay on time. I would like to have the super power to raid their bank accounts and square up my accounts.
    .-= Rummuser´s last blog ..Lies =-.

    1. Now that’s funny, Rummuser. The power to raid people’s bank accounts; dangerous!

  4. Longevity is fine but then you will have rich people hounding you wondering what is making you live so long. That plus I would hate to see loved ones pass before me.

    An interesting question, too bad I couldn’t choose to be Superman thereby encompassing more than one super power.

    Super strength would be good and if one were to have that I would assume they would also be able to control it.

    Personally I would love to be able to read a woman’s mind so that I wouldn’t put my foot in my mouth so often 😀
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    1. So Sire, just say you want to read all minds and then be selective about it. As for the longevity stuff, I’ve read the early Anne Rice books, and it seems they just keep on the move after 10 or 20 years and go someplace where they can just start a new life and no one’s the wiser.

      1. Yep, the Lazarus used to do the same thin in Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love. I was just yankin’your chain 😀

        I’m not too interested in how blokes think, but knowing what makes a woman really happy would certainly have it’s advantages.
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      2. Actually Sire, knowing what guys think could be equally important, if not more. Wouldn’t you love being able to read the minds of the people you do business with to learn just why they do some of the stupid things they do? You’d be a much richer man, that’s for sure.

      3. Dude, with more money comes more sexual satisfaction; course, your wife might not approve… lol

      4. I’m pleading innocence on this one, Eren. I tried getting him off the subject, but he just wants to talk about getting off! lol

  5. Okay I just had to butt in and say that.. hee hee.
    Now onto what superpowers would I like? Oooh I would love to be able to zap all the bad people out of this world. A zapping power then?
    Or I also would like to be Goofy.. he’s always so funny and laughs all the time. Yeah Goofy has that “joy” factor in him that I love.
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    1. Now Goofy is someone I’d have never expected anyone to say, so you got me there. As for the zapping, I’d hate to be the one with that power because then it makes me the arbiter across the board of what’s good and what’s bad. I’d hate to make a mistake.

    1. Now that’s an interesting one, Chuks; I don’t think I’d have ever thought about it. Heck, you don’t need a superpower to do that; you need some vocal training. lol

      1. Depends on your talent level going in. At your age, and I hate to say this but you’re probably past the “easy” age, you might not get close to enough training to pull it off unless you have a lot of untapped talent, which does happen from time to time. In general, though, yeah, it would take a lot of time.

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