If an item on the table is askew, I will square it. If a drawer is left ajar, I will shut it. If something needs to be done, I will devise a strategy to accomplish it. If finances need to be assessed, I will budget them. If a project needs to be completed, I will manage it. If you need a superhero who has great attention to detail, I’m your girl.
When I read the most recent Discover Challenge, I had no clue what my superpower would be. I don’t particularly excel at anything unless you count procrastination. Instead, I turned to my significant other to find out what he thought my superpower might be. His response was immediate and without hesitation: Optimizing systems.
I’m not kidding. Those were his words. Who even says that? Perhaps his superpower is clever turns of phrase, but I digress.
After seeking affirmation that it meant what I thought it did, I learned I excel at planning, organizing, management, and just generally bossing people around. Only slightly joking about that last part. Pleasure surges through me at defeating to-do lists, and I relish saving the day with a well-coordinated system of schedules and events. There is no project too great, no party too small. I approach each one methodically and analyze it all.
However, my meticulous planning and insistence on having things “just so” seems a hindrance at times. When plans don’t “go to plan”, I can spiral down and lose focus. My arch-nemesis, loss of control, has caused anxiety attacks, but like any superhero worth their cape, I have found ways to combat its poisonous barbs. It helps to breathe, reassess, and approach with a slight feint to the right and the one-two punch of Plan B. Chocolate and cherry coke help, too.
Managing a classroom, organizing a school, tracking the plots of multiple books, arranging social events for a state convention, assisting with the operation of one of the largest guilds in a MMO, balancing the countless tasks that need to be completed before week’s end on Friday – Optimizing systems is a tough job. But somebody has to do it.
8 thoughts on “Optimizer Prime”
I think he certainly used a befitting name for your superpower!I read that piece twice to come in terms with the perfect phrase!Keep up with this multi-tasking, it surely is a mighty power to have to help juggle correctly between so many chores perfectly.Glad to have read the post!
I think it was a perfect phrase, too. I may need to ask him for more ideas since they always spring forth into great writing. I’m so glad you enjoyed my piece!
The pleasure is all mine reading an awesome piece!Keep writing!!
I literally laughed out loud. Sounds like he’s had you figured out for quite a while now.
He’s had my number for a long time now. I’m glad you enjoyed reading!
”Until you have plan B you are superhero.”
That was the thought that came first after reading this post.
And is a good one❤
I’m glad you enjoyed it! It was a blast to write.