I always thought that when I got a superpower, it ‘d be a really awesome one like the ability to read minds or astral project or I even would have settled for going through walls. But the power that I ended up having, even though sometimes it can be a pain, it’s also pretty amazing. It all started the summer I turned 14.
It was a typical Saturday; I was hanging at the pool with my best friends Lisa and Janae. They were both in the pool splashing around while I was lounging on a chair reading the latest James Patterson novel when for no reason, I just felt like I was going to vomit. I got a little lightheaded and I had to put my book down so I could catch my breath. After I performed a few breathing exercises and the feelings went away, I chalked it up to being hungry and went back to reading. I put it out of my mind and didn’t think of it until it happened again a few days later.
I was in the mall doing some shopping when that feeling that I was going to hurl came over me. I dropped the blouse I was holding, and practically fell into a chair. My friends asked me if I was alright, and I couldn’t reply. That’s when I noticed this woman a few feet from me who had her head between her legs. Apparently there was an epidemic going around. When she looked up, I noticed she looked as terrible as I felt, but I almost noticed something else. She was pregnant, and for whatever reason, I was experiencing how she felt. How is that even possible, I thought? After telling my friends that I wasn’t feeling well and heading home, I went to find my mom so I could ask her what was going on.
We had a long talk where she basically told me the women in our family have unique gifts. For example, she had the power to know when the weather would change which is how she was always able to know when to wear boots, sandals or a raincoat. And my grandmother could tell when someone was about to get sick which is how she was able to stay so healthy. So all of this time I thought I was different I didn’t realize how right I was. I’m still not sure why I got this particular gift, but maybe the answer will come in time.
It’s been four years since that summer, and I’ve learned to control it a little better. I’ve learned to take deeper breaths when the feelings of new pregnancy wash over me, and if I can, make sure I’m sitting down. I have to say, it has come in handy at times. It’s gotten me out of a few sticky situations, such as as parking tickets, awkward confrontations and hanging with people I don’t like. All my friends just think I’m clairvoyant when I tell them their pregnant before they’ve even taken the test.
Although I wouldn’t have wished for this power, I think it has made me more compassionate, understanding and appreciative of being a woman. The things we are able to do with our bodies are absolutely wonderful. Having this gift has been a blessing, and I’m glad that I was the one to receive it. Granted, I still wish I could astral project because that’s just cool, but I have no regrets.