This is number nine of the top 30 reasons for why normal people should not date a superhero(ine). Remember supers! This is all in good fun, BUT if you see yourself in these reasons you should consider altering your behavior in order to keep your beloved!
[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. I consider “bro” and “brah” gender neutral. I use them in my day to day life to refer to people of all gender identities.
9) No Vacation Time
As someone who worked a job for 2.5 years that had no vacation time, I can tell you how absolutely IMPERATIVE vacation is. You MUST have vacation if you are going to be mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy. No matter how important your job is or how important you think you are to your company, you have to make sure that you get away from it so that you can recuperate and recharge. As a superhero(ine) you can never do that! As soon as you even THINK about planning a weekend away, a short staycation or, heaven forbid, a week getaway, the world explodes and supervillain(esse)s pop out of nowhere and try and murder/enslave everyone. So then you have to go running back or never leave in the first place and it is exhausting.
Now this poses a problem for the significant other of a superhero(ine) because it leaves you with only three options:
- You never get a vacation because your significant other never gets a vacation and then you are just as run down, exhausted, and angry as ze is. It also means that you would start to resent hir because now you can never go on vacation or the vacations you plan are always ruined and/or called off before they happen – that is a lot of money wasted on canceled planes/trains/buses and hotels/air bnbs/beach houses/camp spots.
- You go on vacations without your significant other which is very healthy and okay to do, but means that you spend days and weeks away from your lover and, as we all know, too much absence DOES NOT make the heart grow fonder, it more the case of “out of sight out of mind.” Additionally, your superhero(ine) will start to resent you for being happy and relaxed and able to vacation. Ze will feel left out and unloved which will leave both of you unhappy.
- Don’t date a superhero(ine)