Hey y’all! sorry if this one is a bit rambly, it has been a busy busy weekend!
[In no particular order, except for number one because that’s my #1]
Note: This piece will be written using gender neutral pronouns (ze instead of he/she and hir instead of she/he and him/her) in order to make this non-heteronormative.
21) You are the Only Ordinary Person
Empathy and understanding are hard to come by. You had the worst day ever. You stubbed your toe, burned yourself with scalding hot coffee, that report you thought was due next week was due today, and your boss is a total psychotic bitch. Well your superhero(ine)’s boss is an actual psychotic bitch who literally tried to kill hir and ze had a whole building dropped on hir.
Superhero(in)es try really hard to relate to our mundane, normal lives, but it’s difficult when our problems seem so small. Can you imagine how hard it is to care that you ran out of makeup, got yelled at on the subway, were passed up for promotion, etc, when your significant other is battling Hyrda or demons or good guys turned bad or is dying of some kind of poison, but doesn’t want to tell you? And even if ze acts really nice and acts engaged while you speak, you are forever wondering if ze think you sound like a whine-ass who has no idea what real problems are or if ze is actually plotting hir next attack.
It’s also nearly impossible to find conversation topics for your significant other and you, for your significant other and your friends, and then for you and your partner’s friends. Skipping the “who had the worse day” conversation, what else can you talk about? Your family? Well, hir family is all dead/trying to kill hir/thinks ze is dead for their own good. How about that TV show that everyone loves? Ze hasn’t seen it and doesn’t have time to watch it or even record that because life is so hard (just look at poor Clint Barton trying to catch up on Dog Cops). Etcetera, etcetera so you either end up smiling awkwardly at each other or talking about weirdly specific topics that your super knows about.
And how about your significant other forgetting that you are normal and not super? Here honey, hold this – oh, shit! I forgot you didn’t have super strength! Or ze needs your help and there is nothing you can do, but call hir superhero(ine) friends or 911?