I’ve read enough comic books and watched enough sci-fi to know that you rarely get to choose your own superpower. Even if you’re lucky enough to be get one, it’s usually the result of an accident (Yes, I consider mutations to be accidents) or a temporal anomaly and you have no say in the matter. You get what you get – whether that be the power to zip around at the speed of light, to crawl on walls, to erupt into flames, or to rage uncontrollably in a pair of shredded purple trousers.
That doesn’t make it any less fun to wish for superpowers, though. I used to think that, if I could design my own power, I would make it one that would let me go back in time to occupy an earlier self. So, for example, knowing what I know now, I could go back to a time when I was 16 and go to high school for a day – maybe make some different choices than I did when I was there the first time. Of course, I’d have terrible grades in math, since I’ve forgotten everything I used to know.
As with any time travel, however, this power would involve all the risks inherent in changing the timeline. So it would be pretty useless unless I had some sort of a “reset button” to make sure everything returned to the way it is now once I was finished mucking around. After all, I wouldn’t want to screw up my timeline in a way that meant never connecting with Junkii.
Sure, this power has little application in terms of crime fighting – so you’re not likely to see it in any comic books anytime soon – but it would be a blast to try out different scenarios from your own life.
No. In the end, if I only get one choice, I’ll choose a freeze-time power.
That’s a power I’ve had my eye on for many years, having seen an episode of the Twilight Zone as a teenager that featured it. Of course, being a horny young teen, my thoughts flew to how I could use that power to see people naked (among other things), but now, with age and wisdom on my side, I see a more practical use: spare time!
My days are filled with work and by the time I get chores done in the evenings and weekends, it’s time for bed. I could use this power to find time to play video games or to learn a new Adobe program – or just to reduce my PVR guilt.
I’d just have more down time.
Of course, it wouldn’t hurt that I could steal a bit of money from a bank to help me eliminate my debt too. I suppose that would make it an “evil superpower.” But you know what? I’d be okay with that.
Bring on the temporal anomaly!