You Have A Superpower

Hi there,

Welcome to another edition of Simpler Sundays, a weekly newsletter aimed at giving you a dose of relaxed reading at the end of each week. This is the 11th edition of Simpler Sundays. If you’d like any of your friends or family to subscribe to this newsletter, you can share this link. That said, let’s begin this week’s edition.

Let’s come straight to the point. I told you that you have a superpower. Without much drama, let me reveal what your superpower is.

Here’s what I’m talking about: ADAPTABILITY.

“Come on Shikhil. How can that be a superpower? We were expecting something fancier like heat vision or flight or at least quick healing.”

“And what do you even mean by adaptability? Why are you messing with us?”

Alright, I hear you. Let me explain a little.

So, when I said you have a superpower, I didn’t mean the kind of superpowers you see in your screens these days. You ain’t no Superman buddy.

And frankly speaking, it’s good that you are not. Who wants to wear a spandex suit with a red underwear and a cape? Especially considering the weather these days.

Trust me, you are better off.

Anyway, to understand your superpower, let me tell you a story first.

During the 6th century, there lived a wrestler named Milo in a small town in Southern Italy.

Milo was known for his supreme strength. He enjoyed a brilliant career in wrestling, he was an Olympic winner six times in a row, and he won 32 wrestling competitions.

But what set him apart was not just his strength but also his innovative approach to training. Here’s how he trained.

He bought a young calf and decided to carry it on his shoulders. Each day, he would carry the small animal on his shoulders and move around the town. He did this regularly for 4 years.

With time, as the calf grew into a large ox, Milo’s strength also increased. Through progressive overload, Milo was now able to lift a large ox which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

The illustration below paints the perfect picture.

Milo was able to achieve this feat because his body adapted as per the growing load of the animal. That’s what I mean by adaptability.

Us humans are capable of getting comfortable in our surroundings irrespective of how difficult they are. Consider the examples below:

  • As compared to my initial days, I am now able to write a 1000-word article in a much shorter time than I could in the beginning.
  • People who go to the gym regularly are able to lift higher weights over time.
  • Over time, marathon runners become comfortable in running long distances as compared to someone who doesn’t run often.
  • A plant that doesn’t get enough water eventually develops deeper and stronger roots.
  • Alcoholics need a lot more alcohol to get drunk than someone who drinks occasionally. That’s because their bodies adapt to high alcohol.

The last example about alcohol was only to explain that adaptability can work both ways. For every Superman, there is a Lex Luthor. So, be aware of how you use this superpower.

Here’s the essence of it:

Last week I asked you to push your limits. Today, I ask you to keep pushing your limits until you get better at something.

Use your superpower well.


The Good Word

As you might know, the ‘Good Word’ is a series showcasing my favorite quotes.

Today’s Good Word is from the Netflix series Bojack Horseman. I chose this one as it suits today’s theme.

So, here it is:

“It gets easier…Every day it gets a little easier…But you gotta do it every day — that’s the hard part. But it does get easier.”

– Jogging Baboon (Bojack Horseman)


VyasSpeaks Featured Post

This week’s featured post is about focus and purpose.

Read the post by clicking the link or image below.


Focus


That’s all for this week. I’ll see you next Sunday.

Stay safe and take care.

With love,
Shikhil Vyas

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