We all have one … that hidden superpower (or in some cases, not-so-hidden). And we would love to hear about yours!
Realwheels is launching a community storytelling project, #SuperVoices, inspired by our #WheelVoices Projects – it’s all about sharing stories from our community. But whereas in the past, sharing was limited to the few participants who were able to attend our weekly storytelling workshops, we are opening this up to more storytellers – including those further afield – by making this a multimedia storytelling event.
What that means is we’re inviting storytellers who self-identify as having some form of disability to share with us in written, pictorial or video form, their superpower.
What exactly do we mean by superpower? Well … that gift that you have discovered through your disability. This is all a matter of perception. Think of it as something that you have become particularly good at as a result of your disability, that makes you uniquely you, and makes you feel good about yourself.
For example, Tessa sees her depression as a disability, but she has learned from it, become stronger because of it, and has discovered her superpower through it.
Here’s Tessa’s #SuperVoices story …
Set in Pen:
I was always a cautious person, even as a young child I was terrified of so much as skinning a knee. I was determined to have fun, but calculated how much fun based within acceptable risk boundaries. That is, I did until I was in my early 20s and had to overcome my first bout of depression.
When I was 20 I transferred from a local college where all my high school friends were, to a huge university with class sizes of more than 150. I had also just been robbed twice while working at a local convenience store. At the same time, I was struggling to maintain a long distance relationship work with my boyfriend of four years. It felt like everyone was pulling me in twenty different directions and it didn’t matter what I focused on as I was failing at all of them.
That’s when I began to see the first elements of my superpower. I had spent my life focusing all my energy on all the external things in my life, constantly putting the needs of others in front of my own, taking life too seriously. When I was diagnosed my superpower emerged and I began to have a clear insight on my life. The first signs of my superpower at work started with choosing how I wanted to spend my time, without feeling guilty. I was able to become more present in my interactions with others when I began to implement my powers directly to my life.
Other people’s superpowers will be different, and each of you may have your own manner in which you feel comfortable telling your #SuperVoices story. For instance, here is a written story that Emme Rogers’ wrote five years ago on how dyslexia is her superpower: It’s Not a Disability. It’s a Superpower, and here is Aimee Mullins in her TED Talk five years ago, sharing her superpowers and super abilities:
So tell us!!! What is your super secret superpower? What ours is not, is keeping secrets. We will help you to share your superpower with the world, using the #SuperVoices hashtag.
How can you share your superpower with us? To make this easy, we have given you a number of options … You can share a written short story of your superpower, a picture of your superpower, or a video of your superpower with us, by:
- Commenting below;
- Emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Posting in our WheelVoices Facebook Group or G+ Community; or
- Sharing with the #SuperVoices hashtag on twitter and instagram.
We’d also love it if you would help to spread all the #SuperVoices out there by sharing this post and inviting others to share their superpowers, and by resharing some of the cool superpowers of others on your social feeds with the #SuperVoices hashtag.
Looking forward to discovering your superpowers!