This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4.
Today’s challenge is to recognize and celebrate my superpowers, those things I’m good at and also enjoy doing. I’ve picked the three I think will help me best achieve the ideal lifestyle I wrote about yesterday (which you can read here).
1. Evoking a sense of place, emotion, and story
I love communicating, trying to get people to understand something or feel something that is meaningful or important to me.
I’m best at doing this with written words, but I’m also a very visual person, and pictures really can be more valuable than words sometimes.
While I’ve been working on my photography, it’s hard for me to say I’m good at it yet. But I think I have a decent enough eye for beauty, light, and composition that I could become good at it.
And photography is incredibly fun. I actually find it more enjoyable than writing. Combined together, I think they could create a powerful product that people would actually pay for, something that would not only fund my freedom lifestyle but lend it purpose as well.
2. Focusing on the details
Can you find a typo in this blog post? Or anywhere on this website?
I go crazy over details. When I read a book, I read every single word. When I write, I proof every single mark I make with my keyboard.
Every image I submit for sale to a stock agency I blow up to 100% and pour over with a fine-tooth comb, looking for specks of dust or spots or weird aberrations that would only be visible if it were plastered on a billboard.
I’m not sure I exactly enjoy being so detailed; it takes time and effort, and the concentration strains my eyes.
But I do like the feeling of being in control and knowing I’ve done everything I can as a mere mortal to produce work infused with care, attention, and thoughtfulness. A valuable skill, I believe, in an age of internet junk food that’s processed more for clickability than quality.
3. Living out my TCK powers
I’m a Third Culture Kid, which means I grew up in more than one country and hence have a hard time feeling like I belong in any one place in the world.
But all the aches and pains of being a TCK also hold a secret superpower. Such a cross-cultural upbringing has given me an adventurous spirit and the ability of a chameleon to adapt to new environments.
It’s grown in me a cultural sensitivity, a respect for customs different than my own, and a conscientiousness that allows me to mitigate the risk of blindly offending others.
While it’s not always fun to wear over 9 yards of fabric in 110 degree heat just to be culturally appropriate, it is fun to know you have the power of blending in. One of the best compliments I ever got was when a Pakistani man told my dad his white, American family (that’s me!) acted like Pakistanis. 🙂
Since my dreams have me traveling around the world and going into countries unaccustomed to American tourists acting like stereotypical American tourists, such abilities will come in pretty handy.
So what about you? What are you good at? More importantly, what are you good at that you enjoy being good at, and can you use these superpowers of yours to change the world? Or even just to tweak it?