What if… you had super powers?

Todays ‘What If’ thought… What if you had a super power? What would it be?

At first I thought invisibility but then I already manage that. It’s pretty easy for me to go days without any contact with a human being… and no the internet doesn’t count. Then I thought, telepathy… but I’ve seen that movie and it looks like a major headache. Add the ‘babel fish effect’ of understanding every language in the world would only increase the brain-explosion-meter.

I like the idea of supernatural strength and endurance. Superman is my hero. If I had this power I’d start walking. I’d follow the Princes Highway over the mountains, through the pastures, along the coast and into the rainforests and desert looping around this giant island. Yes everything the world can offer can be found here. Viva Australia!

Or I could go for the humanitarian ‘healing’ super power because everyone loves to feel better and I love making people happy. Plus it would make doctors and  hospitals redundant saving the tax payer a lot of money. But then we’d have to deal with even more overpopulation which would increase demand for housing and cost of living making life impossible.

Time travel would defintely be a major contender, although not half as fun without a TARDIS.  I’d love to go back in time and see how people lived way back when for myself. Perhaps, I could get some answers to some puzzling family skeletons. Or I’d find a culture/society that is in sync with my way of thinking. I do often find myself getting lost in Jane Austen. Or I could recreate that scene from Blackadder and go back to Shakespeare and give him a big ol’ wallop on the back of the head for being so genius that I had to wrap my brain around ‘old english’ for most of my schooling life. Not to mention the school plays; “To be, or not to be…”

Although I’d have to say (being a big fan of Charmed) that I always admired the power of telekinesis. I could use that power right now. Its a single digit winter day and I haven’t turned on my heater yet because I was disillusioned by the blue sky and sunshine stringing through my window. Now, I am faced with the first world problem of being separated from my duvet while walking over the switch. If I had the power of telekinesis there would be no problem.  I’d also be able to keep my poor fingers inside my gloves and use my mind to type my blog.

It would be pretty amazing to have any of these super powers  but somewhere inside of me I can’t help thinking just the art of being human is a super power in itself. We as a species are capable of so much; relentless warriors filled with compassion and empathy. And the attribute that I am most proud of is our ability to rally around each other in times of disaster and show loyalty to our kinsfolk.

Humanity is the greatest super power of all.

What if you were stuck on a desert island? What would you take?

In the true spirit of a 21st Century metropolitan woman my first thought was my iPhone – how impractical. As amazing as my phone is it would only give me a few days of juice and I’m guessing a desert island doesn’t have electricity. Although, I could take some solar panels with me and use that to power my phone… that way I could sit on my desert island and remain connected to the world via the satellites currently orbiting the world. Although that might require some knowledge of how my phone actually worked….

I’d also take my Harry Potter collection. That way when reality got too depressing I could just disappear into another world; that’s at least a weeks worth of distraction right there. Although I might need some tissues to get me through Dobby and Dumbledores death. I’m still not sure which one I’m sadder about.

I’d also take my journal and pens so I could write and draw my surroundings, documenting the moments as they happen and of course reflecting on the shoulda-woulda-couldas of my life before the island.

i’d also take the essential creature comforts… a tent and sleeping bag carefully nestled within the trees just off the shore, and a swiss army knife to ward off curious wildlife… plus it might come in handy when scourging for food.

Yup, if I were stuck on a desert island all I’d need is somewhere comfy to rest and my collection of HP books!

If you won the lottery, what would you do and why?

It’s the ultimate question, right?

If you could do anything… what would you do? What would make you happy?

First, I’d pay off all my debts. Why? Well except for the obvious, the biggest excuse I have not to pursue things is because I am tied down to by the ball and chain of debts accrued in my twenties. It’s what happens when we try to get an education in a capitalist society.

The next thing I would do is buy a cottage on a large block of land somewhere in the countryside or along the coast, perhaps somewhere along the Peninsula so I am conveniently located near to some of this countries finest wineries. I’ve always been in love with the countryside; I enjoy trudging along the trails taking photographs of the landscape and wildlife. Nothing gives me more warm and fuzzies like standing out looking over rolling hills seeing my breathe in the winter air as my fingers clasp some warm hot chocolate. In my dream house, is a pack of dogs in all shapes and sizes and two cats; one will be a ginger tabby called Garfield.

Before I settle down though, I would take the money and go an epic trip around the world. I’ve always wanted to go Canada because apparently they are the friendliest people in the world! Plus, I have a plethora of friends and family scattered throughout the country so Canada must be doing something right, eh? My love of Canada may also be influenced by my recent Netflix-binge where I spent an entire weekend watching Heartland. After Canada, I’d fly on down to the US go see New York (the epitome of our modern world); then to Washington (home of the worlds largest museum); and then over to Nashville and New Orleans. From the US I’d scoot over the Atlantic to Europe and make my way through the continent stopping over in my home country England before spiralling down into Asia; I still haven’t been to Japan! And before I return to Melbourne, go see those hobbits over in New Zealand.

After all my adventures I’d find a place to settle down and call home. If there is any money left after that I’d put some away for retirement, donate a portion to my favourite charity and invest in a business where I could get my hands dirty and really let my creative side shine.

And that’s my dream. To see everything the world has to offer and find my place in it. I firmly believe we should leave the world a better place than when we found it too.