Your Greatest Superpower

Yesterday, a friend and I caught up as we ate Chipotle outside of a few restaurants. We chatted and laughed and it began to rain; so we decided to continue our conversation under the umbrellaed tables. Then it started pouring.

The half-inch, Five Guys-branded umbrella could only protect us so much. We were soaked. Yet we continued our discussion about stories and art.

We laughed our asses off; not at the fact that we were casually sitting outside during a violent and ominous downpour, or the fact that we were 5 feet away from perfectly fine indoor seating…but because we were both wearing sunglasses.

My point is, the weather wasn’t an obstruction to our catching up. In fact, it made it a much more light-hearted and memorable experience. It wasn’t an inconvenience because we didn’t see it as one.

Your greatest superpower is your ability to manipulate your perception.

“Just because your mind tells you that something is awful or evil or unplanned or otherwise negative doesn’t mean we have to agree. Just because other people say that something is hopeless or crazy or broken to pieces doesn’t mean it is. We decide what story to tell ourselves. Or whether we will tell one at all.”

Ryan Holiday