Just Like Supergirl
Has the pandemic craziness made you stay in front of the TV screen more than ever before? I have watched shows endlessly, whether it’s just regular cable TV or a streaming station like Netflix. It has made me wonder about certain things, like if I would enjoy living a life like one of my favorite TV characters.
What TV show, past or present, do you wish your life was like?
My answer would be Kara Danvers, a.k.a Kara Zor-El or Supergirl, from the Supergirl series. It is not just because she has the superpowers as Superman. Living with Kryptonian abilities sounds awesome. I would love to be as determinedly hopeful as she is. Even though she faces so many challenges, she never loses hope that everything will turn out okay. She would be so confident about getting through a crazy year like 2020 without going insane.
When she was thirteen years old, Kara’s parents sent her to Earth from Krypton to protect her infant cousin, Kal-El. However, an asteroid knocked her spacecraft off course and sent it into the Phantom Zone. Kara stayed stuck there over twenty years . Kal-El had grown up and become Superman by the time the spacecraft finally crash landed on Earth.
The series begins eleven years later, when Kara is a twenty-five-year-old girl who is trying to hide her supernatural abilities as she works as Cat Grant’s assistant at a newspaper company called CatCo. However, Kara had to embrace her powers and adopted the superhero alias Supergirl after preventing a plane crash her adoptive sister Alex Danvers was on.
Kara becomes National City’s protector and discovers that hundreds of the criminals her mother imprisoned are hiding on Earth after she was forced to reveal her powers. Like her cousin, she possesses Super Senses, Super Speed, Super (Freeze) Breath, as well as various forms of Visions (including X-Ray, Heat, Telescopic, and Microscopic).Kara works with her adoptive sister Alex to fight these criminals, alongside the Green Martian, named J’onn J’onzz, her cousin’s friend James Olsen, and her best friend Winn Schott. She doesn’t tell anybody that she is actually Supergirl at first, though.
She learns how to keep a normal life while still embracing who she is. Being secretly Supergirl might complicate her personal life, but she gracefully gets through the day without breaking down. She creates an outstanding balance of being both Kara and Supergirl. She only uses her powers for the greater good and doesn’t try to abuse her advantages in her daily life. She can easily get her work done in seconds, but she takes her time to be promoted to a junior journalist. It is sometimes difficult for me to feel normal when the world only focuses on what makes me not normal.
It’s not like I don’t want to be uniquely different. I am proud to have Cerebral Palsy, and I love being an advocate. I just wish that my own abilities didn’t affect my personal life. Sociey doesn’t take me seriously as an individual. I’m judged by the stereotypical assumptions of the disabled community. People only pay attention to someone like me when inspiringmoments are happening. All eyes are me when I am competing in disability pageant . I don’t even get a glance from a single person when I discuss my career.
I wish I could hide or deactivate my disability by just wearing a pair of glasses. I want the best of both worlds. I want to be both special and normal, just like Supergirl.