We all have our superpowers. Some people can match pants, shirt and tie. Others can dance or tell jokes. Some people always remember exactly where they parked the car when they leave the store. Some people keep impossibly white teeth no matter how much coffee they drink.
My superpower is enthusiasm.
I have the ability to become irrationally exhuberant about things I care about and remain so long after good sense and social norms suggest I cool off.
Enthusiasm carries me through my days. Enthusiasm multiplies my projects and keeps my to-do lists from ever shortening.
Enthusiasm is why I am known to sing or whistle as I move about a room.
Enthusiasm is the explanation for the soundtrack always playing in my head.
Enthusiasm keeps me positive and helps me focus on tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.
Enthusiasm protects me from disappointment and shields me, when necessary, from self-doubt.
Not everyone is enthusiastic about my enthusiasm. Some find my relentlessly positive outlook off-putting. Some find it grating and naive. I am sorry for them. The things in this life that are worth doing are worth doing with exhuberance and steadfast resolve.
I am not, as some might say, a dilettante. I am an explorer, hoping never to face exhaustion, never to run past the pale of curiosity. The world is exceedingly, unendingly interesting if one has only the energy and the patience and the unflagging resolve to pay attention, acknowledge and appreciate.
The world does not always require genius or brilliance or even, at times, much intelligence. What the world wants most is commitment, an honest investment. What the world requires is enthusiasm.