I was intrigued by and extremely envious of Brad Feld’s Airplane Super Power. I don’t have that super power – in fact, I can only sleep on a plane if I am very ill and can lay down on three seats. But, speaking of being “very ill”, the fact that I hardly ever get sick is my super power. I am blessed with an immune system as powerful as any hero’s super powers. Even when the entire office is hacking up a lung or I am surrounded by a plane full of passengers gushing liquids from their facial orifices, I don’t get sick. I am pretty sure I catch some of these viruses and am exposed to nasty bacteria, but they usually don’t develop into full-blown occurrences of misery. On Friday, I left the office early as I was having aches/chills and my throat was sore. Ah, here it comes, I thought. I was certainly more tired than usual this weekend, but I never succumbed to the full-blown virus. I have never had an ear infection, a sinus infection or any other infections that we would prefer not to talk about in public. The only infection I can ever remember getting was when I crashed my bike, road 20 more miles with blood running down my arm and then barely rinsed it off before slapping on a bandage. That was a little irresponsible, I admit.
Now, why would I be so resistant to nasty germs? I think it has a lot to do with my very humble upbringing. My parents were loving and kind, but…how do I say this delicately….certainly not clean freaks. The whole notion of refrigerating food prematurely or worrying about a “little” dirt was not top of mind. Thus, I think I just developed a really strong ability to fight off anything because I probably ingested and/or was exposed to just about every bug you can imagine. I’m still amazed at how germ-phobic we have become as a society and firmly believe that this has something to do with the bugs getting stronger and us getting less able to fight them off.
Let’s keep the theme going – what is your super power?