As I mentioned earlier in the week, we lost my dear cousin Kathy to pulmonary hypertension. Today we laid her to rest. It was a very sad day for our family. We listened to our cousin John talk about what it was like growing up with Kathy from the perspective of her younger brother. It started out as a typical annoying younger brother/impatient older sister dynamic and later morphed into a relationship of friendship and deep love and respect. We heard John tell the story of how Kathy used her superpowers for good.
Kathy was an incredible nurse who anyone facing a medical situation could count on for guidance and expertise. She was an incredible patient advocate for anyone who needed her…including herself. Regardless of your issue, Kathy was able to educate herself about what your particular ailment was and help you to not only understand your condition but also help you find the best solution for you. She made sure you were cared for. If someone ended up needing surgery or to be in the hospital for any given time, she was there for the patient and the family. This was her superpower.
Today made me think…if I had to leave this earth today, what would someone say was my superpower? Would they say I was kind and caring? Was I generous and giving? Did I help ease pain and suffering? Was I good at what I consider my calling as a health and nutrition coach? Did I set a good example for people around me? Did I act in integrity? Was I someone people could count on? Did I raise good kids? Was I a good wife?
I know I have many good people around me who love and respect me. I have good friends I know I can count on and I hope know they can count on me. I love and care deeply for the people in my life. I’m also scrappy, sarcastic and outspoken. I speak my mind and I don’t usually back down from a fight (verbal not physical). I will also defend someone I feel is being unjustly treated. I won’t tolerate bullying or exclusionary treatment of people. I hate when people are treated as “other”.
So, what is my superpower? I hope people will think I was a good person who made a difference while I was alive. I hope I will have made someone or many people’s lives a little better by being here. I will never be half the person Kathy was, but she gives me something to aspire to. She makes me want to be someone who can help people find a healthier version of themselves.
My mission is to make this planet healthy, one human at a time. If I can do that…just a little, maybe that is my superpower.
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