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4 Rare Abilities That Indicate You’re a Superhuman

It’s not always about power, money, or success.

By Margaret PanPublished 3 years ago 5 min read
Photo by Claudia Ramírez on Unsplash

Aren’t you tired of seeing the same success stories around the internet?

Aren’t you tired of reading articles on how to borrow Ellon Musk’s habits, think more like Warren Buffet, or read what Bil Gates reads?

I know I am.

I mean, what is it today with worshipping billionaire entrepreneurs? Why do we think that money, productivity, and success make you superhuman?

Because, despite what most people might think, being super productive and making big amounts of money aren’t abilities that make you superhuman. There are other, more simple, yet far more important things that indicate you have superhuman abilities.

Let’s take a look at what being superhuman is really about.

#1. Remaining Kind Even Though You’ve Been Through Hell

If you’re familiar with hardship — and most of us are — you know that when life shows you its ugly face, it takes courage not to become “ugly” yourself.

When life keeps throwing you punches, you can’t help but want to punch someone else yourself. You start to think how unfair it is to be the only one in pain. You want someone to taste life’s bitterness as well.

I know that because I’ve felt all of these things during the worst year of my life. Life unapologetically gives all of us lemons, and I’ve had my fair share of them.

Everyone makes mistakes, fails, falls, and gets broken. Do you know what makes the difference between the average person and a superhuman?

Managing to remain kind and gentle to the people around you, no matter how many times you’ve been broken.

There’s a quote by Keanu Reeves that goes,

“If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you’re a badass with a heart of an angel.”

Reeves gets it. Pain, heartbreak, and trauma are things that can hold you back and make you bitter and cruel if you let them. But if you find a way to use them to your advance and remain kind throughout them, they will make you a stronger, better person. In other words, a badass superhero.

#2. Thriving In the Face of Tragedy

It’s sad how the media keeps bombarding us with the same old success stories. Self-made millionaires. 20-year old somethings that started their own companies from scratch. Couples who went on a trip worldwide with nothing but their backpacks and a couple of bucks in their pockets.

Don’t get me wrong. I do find those things inspiring and respect the people who’ve done them. I acknowledge accomplishments when I see them.

Do you know what I find more inspiring, though? People who found themselves in a middle of a war, and survived. People who lost their homes and managed to create a new life from zero.

People who were born with disabilities but managed to push through and follow their dreams. Why don’t we hear or read more about these people?

For example, one of the most inspirational stories I’ve read to this day is the life of Nick Vujicic. Nick was born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome, which means he was born with no arms or legs.

Despite his disability, he managed to make a fortune for himself, create a family with a beautiful woman, and become one of the world’s most sought-after public speakers.

If you managed to survive, let alone thrive in the face of tragedy, you should be incredibly proud of yourself. You’re a freaking superhuman.

#3. Living Your Life Without Caring About Other People’s Opinions

Do you know what else is an extremely rare ability that indicates you’re a superhuman?

Living your life according to your standards. Saying “screw you” to anyone who tells you how you’re supposed to live and what you’re supposed to do. Taking a stand in what you believe in, and pursuing your dreams even when people around you try to crush them.

A few years back, I wasn’t living an authentic life. I was afraid to be myself and I didn’t show the world my real personality. The truth is, I craved other people’s acceptance and approval — just like most humans do. It took me years and a lot of effort to find myself again and start living according to my standards.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t the only one. So many people out there change our personalities according to somebody else’s liking. Or they pretend to be someone they’re not or to like things they deep down hate.

Not getting caught up in what other people think of you takes a lot of courage, strength, and effort. Being able to defend your beliefs and lead your life however you want, makes you a superhuman.

#4. Remaining Polite In the Middle of an Argument

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they interact with people they don’t see eye-to-eye with.

Having spent five years of my life in an environment where politics were constantly discussed, I know how easily tensions can arise, as well as how easily they can escalate — before you can even blink.

The ability to keep one’s composure and remain polite in the middle of an argument is extremely rare. Most people let their emotions get the better of them, lash out, and throw verbal grenades at anyone who dares to disagree with them.

It’s sad, because arguing doesn’t necessarily have to be something bad. There is a healthy way to argue. You can share your opinion and state your arguments without:

  • attacking the other person’s character
  • criticizing the other peson’s values and beliefs
  • trying to change the other person’s mind

Everyone can argue. Few people know how to remain polite in a middle of an argument. It’s a rare skill that takes time, patience, and a lot of work on yourself — and that’s a superhuman ability.

To Sum Up…

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, being “superhuman” means:

“having more powers than, or seeming outside the powers of, a human”

In other words, you’re a superhuman if you have certain abilities or achieve certain things that seem outside the powers of an average person.

And although making millions per year, is indeed, included in the list of such things and abilities, there are others, far more simple yet far more important abilities to have that indicate you’re a superhuman:

  • Remaining kind even though you’ve been through hell. Being gentle to others, when life has been nothing but cruel to you for a while.
  • Pushing through life’s difficulties and thriving in the face of tragedy.
  • Living your life according to your own standards, without letting other people’s opinions affect and influence you, your decisions, and the way you live your life.
  • Keeping your composure and remaining polite in a middle of an argument, no matter the topic of your conversation or the person you’re talking to.


About the Creator

Margaret Pan

Words have power.

I write about relationships, psychology, personal development, and books.

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