Recently, when meeting a new group of people, someone asked me, “What’s your superpower?”. Of all the ways to introduce myself I had not thought to develop that idea. I hadn’t thought of it ahead of time, but I have thought about it constantly since.
The superpower I covet is the power to transform. Not the hard-edged, explosive raw power of toy transformers. I want the subtle, more-useful-in-everyday-life power. Think teacher, alchemist, movie maker, artist, healer, storyteller. But more specifically—Fairy Godmother.
Yes, that’s right. I want to be a Fairy Godmother. The Fairy Godmother (FG) archetype is everywhere in stories, books, movies. Usually portrayed as a rotund, sweet being, she has the transformative power to fulfill your wishes. While I easily identify with the plump version, there are glamorous FG personae as well, like Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz movie. She brings goodness and light to Dorothy’s dilemma. Having a FG around could be quite fun, as in the movie Auntie Mame. It won’t take long for you to think of a Fairy Godmother you know.
Sometimes the FG just adds a comforting presence. She can be a guide or a magician. She illuminates your inner power. But she can have a dark side too, a particularly human aspect of the Fairy Godmother. So she’s not perfect…so what.
Awareness of my desired human superpower now has me on a quest. I’m going to find my role models in literature and art and everyday life. Now at the top of my To Do list is developing my transforming powers. Is there an app for that?
So what’s your superpower?