Superpower, or just ahead of the game? You be the judge.
A wise friend of mine once said “It doesn’t take any talent to be on time”. That doesn’t make him Yoda-like or the next PM, but that nine word saying can be extrapolated to cover quite a few standards. For example - like being prepared, having enthusiasm, bringing a positive work ethic, showing energy and enthusiasm, conveying good body language, and also perhaps having a willingness to get out of your comfort zone and learn new things. I don’t believe there’s one single thing in the sentences above that take any smarts to do. From the age of 8 to 88 anyone could be a subscriber to these attributes.
The mate (an excellent sporting coach) who says the thing about being on time, was known to utter these words at training sessions where one of the prima donnas of the side would saunter in after things had started, act like nothing was wrong, and then get huffy when others objected to them thinking they were ‘special’. The amount of this kind of behaviour has increased exponentially in our world-of-privilege over the past 20 or so years, if you ask me.
Anyway, to the special talent of ‘Spidey sense’. For those who haven’t heard of that term, legendary superhero Peter Parker, aka Spider Man, had a special type of sensory talent that meant he could anticipate trouble brewing, which meant more often than not he was not only ahead of the game, but that things always turned out in his favour when it came to the outcome of an adventure with the bad guys. A different mate to the one who used the ‘being on time’ adage claims his Spidey sense is being able to tell if a lady is pregnant. Some may poo-poo this talent, whilst others may say he’s either just lucky or really brave when giving an opinion on something as dangerous as this. He’s sticking to his guns, believing he’s proved his version of the Spidey sense right on many an occasion. I’ll hazard a guess here and say that he’s really not blessed with a superhero talent at all. But he is certainly a gifted man and one I admire - organised, observant, sensitive and perceptive. Spidey sense or no Spidey sense, I don’t want to be around when this guy gets it wrong J.
My last kid turns 18 as you are reading this column today. He’ll be out the door in February as he embarks on the next stage of his life L, leaving us all alone and lonely, but I digress. I have always prided myself of staying on top of things when it came to teenagers, and the biggest buzz of my own Spidey sense was to know something that they thought was a secret. “How could YOU possibly know that ???” They would say incredulously. I’d inform them of my Spidey sense saying “I know everything, so be careful”, they would shake their head in disbelief, then I’d do the same thing again a week later to the same reaction.
I think they’ve cottoned on. Other words for Spidey sense include organisation, preparation, punctuality, sensitivity, perception, effort, sweat, work ethic and most importantly passion. The two older kids who’ve left home have shown plenty of glimpses of having the above qualities, and hopefully kid #3 is in the game now too. Not sure if any of them will be able to tell if a lady is pregnant or not, but they certainly have the Spidey sense to be like my other mate, knowing they’ve got enough talent to be on time. The world might be a little bit better in 2019 if we all took a leaf out of Peter Parker’s book.