I like to think of us humans as superheroes. We can do ANYTHING!!! (Dum da da DAA!)
But I am plagued with the joy of motion sickness. I throw up and have migraines at the drop of a single ocean wave. I have failed miserably at surfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, rollercoaster-ing, merry-go-rounding, swinging, trapezing, and passenger seat riding up winding mountain roads. I am reduced to a blob of unresponsiveness, like a blacked-out pledge at a frat party.
One time I tried valiantly to overcome my motion sickness by those pressure bands you wear on your wrists. My friends were celebrating a friend’s wedding by cruising all day up and down Lake Washington and playing loud music as if we owned it. I was going to wear a bikini and party like I was a personal invite of Puff Daddy himself. I ended up throwing up every hour for all 7 hours we were on the water; even threw up WHILE kneeboarding.
You see, we humans have our physical flaws as much as our emotional ones. Emotional ones aside -that’s for another time – what is your recurring physical ailment that stops you from feeling like a superhero?
ALFREDO: The fact that I can’t fly. It sucks.
JEROME: I don’t think I can get my hands under my legs if they were ziptied behind my back so there’s that.
DHH: Sadly, when I was growing up, I conformed to the stereotype of the unathletic, geeky, Asian kid, so I never felt I’d be much of a superhero (unless I could somehow get my hands on one of those Green Lantern rings). In my 40’s, however, I studied karate, and I currently practice yoga, so now I can do some things I’d never been able to do before – like that wheel pose thing. It’s cool I can do some physical stuff in my 50’s that I couldn’t when I was a teenager. Despite this, however, the Guardians of the Universe have still not come calling.
IRIS: I’ve always been plagued with bad eyesight. I love swimming, so it really sucked that I couldn’t see beyond a foot without my contact lens. I finally got the lasik surgery, but that somehow affected my stereo vision and night vision and now I’m not too good with hiking over rocky terrain or walking in the dark!
PHILIP: Where to begin? Let’s just stick with my metabolism. There was a time–and it didn’t seem so long ago–when I could eat anything with no seemingly adverse impact on my physical being (i.e. I didn’t gain weight like a whale). But sadly, those days are gone and for someone who enjoys eating as much as I do, that is a sad thing indeed.
QUENTIN: Well, everything stops me from feeling like a superhero. As a kid, I dreamt of superpowers. And the best I could do was to climb up the walls of my apartment hallway. Question is: what would make me feel like a superhero? Well, I’m glad I’ve learned early on that superpowers are fictional.
ROGER: Thin bones. I have thin bones. I’m over six feet tall but I have a very long and thin bone structure. This is great for activities like long-distance running and swimming (less mass to propel yet having a long stroke or stride) but terrible for contact sports like football, wrestling, or the Kumite. When I was younger, I tried my hand at stuff like wrestling and full contact martial arts. But unfortunately for me, parts of my body broke in a very short period of time. So, I went for the non-contact stuff like running and swimming. Sometimes I wish I had a heavier, more robust bone structure so that I could do Chuck Norris and Van Damme bone-crunching activities. But I do not. I have the bones of a bird and hence, must live life a tad bit more delicately than my male ego would prefer.
My fear of heights. I can’t look over the second floor railing at a mall without mildly freaking out inside. I’d love to go zip-lining in Costa Rica, but my guess is that I wouldn’t be able to drum up the nerve. I visited New Zealand a few years ago, and wanted to go cave abseiling but didn’t (I ended up gently rafting through the cave waters at .0001 mph – fun, but not overly gutsy).