In order to live a happy and fulfilled life, everyone always says you need to do what you love. However, the problem most people encounter is figuring out what that is. I remember reading an article some time ago that stressed the importance of finding your superpower. Your superpower is your top strength; the thing that you love to do. For me it has been a process of elimination, I find an interest and dive in; sometimes with great results and other times wishing I’d taken more time to reflect.
If you stop and take a moment to go back through the pages of your life, there is usually a constant theme. Something that just sticks out. There are a few things that have always been consistent in my life. I have always been called upon for advice when a crisis or pivotal moment happens in my circle of friends and family. I have always felt most at ease and most myself with words, whether reading a book or writing down my thoughts. I remember even as a photographer people would comment on blog posts that I wrote and sometimes that would become the topic of conversation, rather than the photographs.
I think if we all take a moment to examine that thing or theme also known as your “superpower”. You’d realise that it keeps showing up in your life over and over again. Think about it, do people always tell you; that you’re funny, artistic, a leader, a great listener etc. Yet your days are spent doing the opposite of that thing and you wonder why your life isn’t where you want it to be. Its easy to recognize our superpower but the thing that often holds us back is FEAR. Fear that you might fail at the one thing you know you’re good at. I know that fear well, its the voice that tells you… ”Who are you to believe you are a writer, artist, academic etc?” Its the voice that tells you… ”You’re not good enough!”. Instead of giving in to that voice I try to remember Marianne Williamson’s words of wisdom…
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ” – Marianne Williamson
and then I say to myself ”I am here to be the best version of myself, now lets go.” and I keep moving toward my dream.
I hope this post inspires you to go back through the pages of your life and find your Superpower. I hope that you not only find it but you give yourself the permission to let it take centre stage.