Who hasn't dreamt of at some point attaining some sort of super-power: uncommon strength, invisibility, super-speed?
Sure, these abilities would make everyday tasks slightly more manageable, but the downside is that other people's expectations of you would be far greater.
Sure, you woke up, swept the floors, cleaned the kitchen, made the bed, folded the laundry, and changed the baby in a matter of less than a second, but why couldn't you make some pancakes as well?
Perhaps this is the real reason that those with super-human gifts keep them under wraps.
The reason I bring this up (aside from the fact that I watched 3 taped episodes of “No Ordinary Family” in a row last night), is that it seems the more a person accomplishes, the more that is expected of him or her.
|Apparently my frustration level has hit an all-time high...|
Those who are naturally a little on the lazy side are said to be “doing everything they can, given their, you know, capabilities,” whereas those who are hard-working individuals taking up the slack for the others are simply given more and more responsibilities to take care of, because “she won't ever crack!”
What happens as a result is that busy people have a need to constantly discuss how swamped they are, in a feeble attempt to prove to everyone else that they are a part of the latter division.
My point is (it's true- there is a point to my ramblings) that this practice is counter-intuitive. Instead of coming across as over-worked and exhausted, it seems that these people are able to manage it all. Why not give them a few extra tasks to handle?
So, take it from the superheros out there. Keep quiet about your ability to do 20 loads of laundry in a single bound. Keep hush-hush that you can complete each of your work tasks while three screaming super-villains, er, children, try to pull you away from the computer. And, for goodness sake, don't tell a soul that dinner can be made in its entirety in a half hour.
We'll call it our little secret.