Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Question

I've been watching the Olympics this week and one of my favorite things is hearing the back-stories of the athletes. I love hearing how they got to be there. But it also made me think...

Have you ever been asked "if you could have one superpower, what would it be?" What about "If you had one question to ask God, what would it be?" I've never had a good answer for either of those. I just never felt inspired to want to know or do anything that seriously. I'm just lazy like that. But now I think I do have an answer. If I could ask God one question, it would be "what could I have been?" I suppose if you aren't inclined to go the religious route, you could just as easily ask for a superpower that would allow you to see your alternate life paths.

I don't mean that I'm not totally stoked to be where I am. And before I even start down this train of thought, I have to say that there are some things I would never change - namely my husband and my kids. I never even question any of my dating decisions because I know that every choice and every mistake led me to Woob. And I don't question my boys. Not for a second. The very existence of Kellan, who was quite the surprise, is a testament to the notion that there is often a larger plan than you can imagine. I can't fathom a life without these boys or any roads that didn't end with me as their mother.

But I do wonder about other things. The Olympics have made me wonder if there's anything I would have been that good at. I know that all of these athletes have worked their hineys off to be there, but ability obviously comes into play as well. And so I wonder. If I had found something, and been passionate about it, is there anything I could have done that well? Do I have any special talents that I don't know about? I mean, I've never tried bobsledding - I could be totally awesome at it right? What about curling. I mean, if a pregnant chick can do it, I bet I could.

What do you think you could have been?

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