Alright, Daily Prompt guru’s – this is definitely a good, tough challenge! Difficult to decide which superpower would be more beneficial over the other. I admit, at first glance, the answer seemed easy – Speak and Understand Any Language. I love languages and it frustrates me to no end that as an adult, learning a second language is so difficult. I figured surely this would be my choice.
I would never want to force any two people to get along – I’m sorry, but that completely goes against the whole idea of “free will” in my opinion – and no, I don’t care if that meant ending wars or saving marriages – free will is free will, it’s how we learn and evolve.
Surprise, it’s: Time Traveling! Here’s why…
I have an insatiable curiosity for mysteries and I happen to be a lover of history. However, as crazy as it sounds, I think the first thing I would do with my new-found power, is travel along the bloodlines of my own family’s past. To gather all of the names, dates and places of those I’ve had no luck finding in all of my genealogical research.
Then, I would sate all of my other curiosities. Who built Stonehenge, how and why? Same with the Giza Pyramids, the Nazca Lines. All of the world’s BIG mysteries, I would be there to bear witness. I want to know if King Arthur was real and where Camelot was, what ever happened to Avalon? Did Atlantis really exist? Where? How did it sink?
I wouldn’t set out to change anything in history, as tempting as that might seem. I would strive to discover, to understand – and since I’d be a time traveler, I could use as much of it as necessary to learn all of the different languages of the world directly from the source. Then I’d probably spend a lot of time with History’s Greats. Pester the crap out of Leonardo and find out who the smug-smiling Mona really was.
One thing I would never do, is travel into the future. Though, also tempting, there are just some things I would never want to know in advance – and I think those things would have far worse repercussions on my sanity than going backward. Who knows?
Now, if it just so happens that some future archaeologist finds an ancient Viking tablet that reads: “ᚫ ᚲ ᛗᛖᛚᛟᛞᚣ ᚹᚫᛋ ᚺᛖᚱᛖ”
That was probably me, ’cause, yeah, I already know how to do that. 🙂 Told you I love languages!