There Are Superheroes All Around Us
Today, I am in a place where everyone has an alter ego. A woman you meet might answer to Kim or Michelle in her everyday life, but she has another identity -- an identity marked not by an ordinary name, but by a title that reflects her special powers: Allergic Girl. Lady M. Naked Jen.
I'm at BlogHer, the massive conference for women who blog. A sample snippet of conversation: "I'm supposed to meet Momfluential for drinks." A sample introduction: "I'm Mary, Weird Girl." (Or, to be fair: "I'm Laura, The Baby Name Wizard.") It's like a Marvel Universe convention for reject superheroes.
At first it felt weird. The more I get used to it, though, the more I like it. Special powers are so much more diverse than x-ray vision and super strength, so why should the boys in tights have all the fun?
Think about it for a minute, and I'll bet you have a super power of your own. What's your secret identity name?