Sunday, April 7, 2013

10 things I've done that made me feel like a superhero


Katniss Everdeen

Monday Listicles topic for this week: when have I felt like a superhero? This reminds me of "10 talents or ways I'm great," so I'm thinking that Stasha is trying to get us to boost our self-confidence, perhaps? You can take this quiz to find out which type of Superhero you are...apparently I am Superman. One of the questions is whether I like to wear a push-up bra, so I'm guessing if you answer no to that you'll end up with a male superhero! Alas.

Well, I've never been much of an athlete, but here are ten things I've survived that I would not have predicted I would do, or I am not sure others could have done:

Lisbeth Salander
1. Survived multiple surgeries (12+) in my life, from babyhood to last December. My scars have made me stronger.


2. Endured bullying during junior high from the hoods at my school, while never letting them know that they got to me...again, this made me stronger.

3. Survived a deeply traumatic incident during my adolescence...if you know me very well, you might know about this.

4. Have stepped into new situations in life, over and over again, often when I didn't know anyone and was on my own, including flying to Japan without knowing the language, planning to stay for one year, which grew into three

5. Traveled solo to China and with Mike to India and other developing countries.

6. Endured 117 days in the NICU with my marriage intact and my faith and friendships deepened...and held out hope whenever I could in spite of not-great odds and discouraging words from some.
Singing with the kidlets
7. Breast-pumped for Chris for 15 months and breastfed Kieran and Nicholas until they were three years old. 


8. Sing with kids at the elementary school, which makes me feel like a superhero when they all greet me by name--not just at school but when I see any of them in public places.

9. Reinvented my career and found a new niche when my job changed from being a staff manager responsible for 70+ people to writing, editing, and managing communications projects.

10. Raising three strong, sensitive, affectionate young men who are turning out to be such nice people, renaissance men, and fun to be around.

Listicles is brought to us by Stasha at www.northwestmommy.com. Check out her blog and the links to the others!

31 comments:

  1. This is certainly a heroic list. #8 is lovely and sounds like a lot of fun. And #10 is what I hope for as well.

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    1. Oh, it's great fun--best way to volunteer possible! And the kids tell me that they like me better than the usual music teacher. :)

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  2. Very cool!!! :D What a full life you're leading.

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  3. Singing with elementary students is something adults have trouble with. I am like you and I sing loud (even if I can't sing well). They appreciate it and find inspiration from it in their own way.

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    1. Yes, it's very rewarding and the kids really seem to enjoy it.

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  4. wow what a wonderful list. I'm proud of your strength. stupid bullies!!! I'm glad your faith is strong. 117 days.....wow

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  5. You are a superhero! You made me laugh with the push-up bra fork in the road. :) Ellen

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    1. Yes, I am so not a push-up bra kind of woman--especially because I am well endowed enough already!!

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  6. I love the Japan story. That is AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks, Wayne. I was scared out of my wits but knew I had to do it!

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  7. Number 7 is so precious and powerful!

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    1. Thanks, Robin. I'm glad I could give my kids a healthy start!

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  8. you may be my new hero!!! this is a list most certainly SUPER, and you have very much to be proud of!

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    1. Oh you are so sweet, Rory--thanks!!

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  9. You are a super hero. Love this list. =)

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  10. I could already tell you're tough and smart and all-around awesome, but it's nice to get a little insight into what has made you who you are!

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    1. Thank you--I feel the same way about you! Not everyone faces down the pope and lives another day in the blogosphere to tell about it! ;)

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  11. Love the perseverance through bullying ... and so sorry you had to tolerate that. I remember seeing one high school bully years after graduation living quite a hard life, and I felt sorry for him. What comes out of the other side is superheroes like you and cool blogs like this one.

    First time here ... just started following you on Twitter.

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    1. Yes, I have no doubt that my bullies are losers now!! :)

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  12. Love your list, especially #10. That's what truly makes you a super hero!

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    1. Thank you Dana--my most lasting superhero act!! :)

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  13. Loved your list. Hooray to #7. It isn't often I meet another 3 year breastfeeder! The quiz was fun. I too am superman :)

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    1. Thanks--yes, we are few and far between!

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  14. Singing with kids...good one! Kids are a rough bunch!

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