Sunday, June 3, 2012

My New Superpowers

            I have acquired some new superpowers. Like most superpowers, I acquired them as a result of a mishap. In my case it was not exposure to radiation and or a chemical spill, it was not even X-rays from space or exposure to a meteorite; it was the result of being hit by a semi-truck.

            As is typical, it took a while for me to discover and learn to use my superpowers. Just like in the comics I did not welcome my new superpowers at first. Just like in the comics I hid them and was ashamed of them. I did not want to admit that I was "different."

            My first superpower is that of "Radical Acceptance" or as I call it "Epic Grace." It started when I first accepted my injury, fault became immaterial because it didn't change anything. Once I forgave myself I could forgive the world. Once I forgave the world I could forgive anyone and anything.

            My second superpower is "Unique Perspective." I have died and yet I live. Nothing really seems like a big deal anymore. I have lost everything, anything I have now is a bonus, each day is extra, tacked on beyond what I would have had. I no longer fear death.

            My third superpower is "Indomitable Will." After my brain injury everything became very difficult. There was no easy way to do something. If everything is hard then it doesn't matter what I try, anything can be done. If I can learn to walk, I can run a marathon. If I can learn to talk, I can learn a new language. It is all the same.

            So with this trio of Superpowers I make my way through the day. It not only makes my life easier, it makes life easier for all those around me. These superpowers are special too, as they can only be used for good; no matter what my intent, the result is always positive.


  1. Mike, I love your philosophies so similiar to my own. It took me many more years I believe to acquire the wisdom you have. I am going to follow your blog, I love your honesty. Just listen to your heart and make sure you ask God to bless every word you write and you will have quite a following!
    De3bbie Wilson Brain injury writer

  2. Debbie, I have been living with my brain injury for over 23 years, although unlike you, I did stop at one.:-)

    1. Mike, I love your humor and insight, and I especially love this post! A TBI is such an opportunity to grow super powers! you are my new super hero. Thanks for sharing from your heart. It appears we share a love of yoga too, although I can not do it anymore, the philosophy is always a part of me. I signed up to follow your blog and look forward to getting to know you throught this. Thanks for following my blog!