Superhuman Power

It’s been a long couple of months, and I can’t remember where I read it, but someone asked, ‘If you could have a superpower, what would it be.’I replied that I’d want super speed because if I could get everything I need to do done fast, it would be like adding hours to my day.

I guess it keeps coming to mind because the past couple of months have been crazy. First the writing challenge in November, with Christmas – and all that entails – hot on its heels…followed by the cold, or whatever this is, that I came down with Christmas night. I’m starting to see a faint light at the end of the tunnel, but boy has it worn me out. I haven’t been getting to my favorite blogs like I should. Writing has been minimal. And my house? I’m pretty sure could be declared a disaster zone (maybe I’d qualify for federal relief?). So yeah, super speed  would come in handy right now.

Oh how I wish I could figure out a way to get it. It would be nice to catch up on at least some of the things on my to-do list.

Just think, I could run (literally) to the store, finish my shopping, and be home with everything put away long before I could ever drive the five miles to get there…one way.

There would be no need for a snow blower, just a well made shovel. The treadmill? Valuable floor space could be reclaimed since I could just run to Brazil and back in a minute or two. And what about housework?

Certainly there are things that super speed couldn’t help. After all, cakes would still take about forty minutes to bake, laundry would remain a day-long chore (though folding/hanging/putting away would be a breeze), and I doubt there’s a way to get adequate rest without sleeping six to eight hours a night.

There are other things I’m not sure about either…like speed typing. Would my brain be able to keep up with my fingers? And what about the keyboard? They’re probably not made to type a million words a minute. Would I be burning them out, one right after another?

In many ways, it wouldn’t benefit me at all. But when I think of all the time saved from cleaning and errands…yeah. That would be my super power of choice.

What would yours be? Why? Please feel free to share your reasons in the comments section below.


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16 Responses to Superhuman Power

  1. That’s a tough question! For me it was a toss up between telepathy and invisibility. I’d want to be able to turn both of them on and off at will, for sure. 😉 And I do wish my home had a self-cleaning super power…

    • Oh I hear you about the self-cleaning super power for my house. God I live in a zoo, literally. I want a self-cleaning litter box, and a shovel that will clean the yard (by itself) after Jack and Shadow go out. Maybe it could also deposit what it picks up in the yard of the people who ride their horses too close to my driveway. 🙂

      Hmm…invisibility. Now that could come in handy sometimes. 🙂

  2. Debra Kristi says:

    I really don’t want to know what other people are thinking. Being in multiple locations at once, that would really come in handy on so many levels. I say yes to that one.

  3. I picked flying, because then I wouldn’t have to bother with planes! 🙂

  4. I’ve seen this before, and my thinking was much like yours. I’d like to be able to be in two places at once, so one of me could go to work and earn a paycheck, and the other me could write. And they could take turns sleeping! 😀

    • Ooh! I like that choice, Jennette! Kind of a Multiplicity thing (I actually mentioned this to someone else today). At least one other me would be great…and so much more productive than just one of me could be.

      As for you…keep writing the Saturn Society books and you’ll be able to quit the day job before you know it. 🙂

  5. I’ve always wanted the ability to shoot flames from my hands. 🙂

    I once asked this question on my FB page and used the responses to create a short story. It was a lot of fun.

    • Looking at the blister on my thumb from cooking tonight’s supper (it’s still Tuesday to me…until I go to bed and get up again), and the blister on my wrist from making Sunday’s supper, I’ll leave the flame throwing to you. 🙂

      How cool about the story from responses to that question!

  6. telepathy for me, please.

  7. John says:

    Super fast speeed! And flying too. Nice video, the place needed a spiffin’ up. 😉

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