Living life like a superhero |

Living life like a superhero

April E. Clark
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
April in Glenwood

As the saying goes, some people never change.

I, on the other hand, feel like my life is as dynamic as a couple of superheros in tights. Anyone who thinks all superheros wear tights, don’t forget about Thor. Or the Hulk.

And my mom.

This summer has been a fairly strange ride. I’ve spent a lot of time in Aspen and Denver directing my life at comedy. I met Louis Anderson and a finalist on “Last Comic Standing.” Through comedy, I’ve spent time with my best girlfriend Taryne – one of my biggest supporters in my comedy pursuits – more often than I’ve seen her in the last three years. I’ve also made some new friends who have been honest and open when they weren’t required to be so supportive. I’ve seen how far nurturing people can help me go. I’ve also seen people I graduated from high school with so many years ago that it makes me sad the years passed that fast.

And how sad it is to say goodbye again.

Maybe the changes have something to do with me opening myself up to new experiences. I’m not going to say I’m not scared at this prospect. Because there’ll always be a little part of me that hesitates, then takes deep breaths, when I’m facing the unknown. Like the time I ate a pickled egg from a large jar on the bar at the Loose Moose Saloon in Somerset, Colo. Jumped from the cliffs of a quarry at White Rock Park in St. Paul, Ind. And appeared for the first time on television dressed as a pig for an American Diabetes Association fundraiser.

See mom, not everything I do has questionable and dangerous consequences.

Although I’m far from one, I like the idea of being a superhero. Just think of all that power. And so much time to use it for good. As a kid, I always thought Wonder Woman was wonderful. A lot of that had to do with those fabulous – and powerful – Bracelets of Victory. Plus the Lasso of Truth. And the hair. How does Wonder Woman get such shiny, full-bodied hair?

Must be Pantene.

So I was a little curious – and obviously had a lot of ridiculous time on my hands – the other day and took an Internet quiz to find out which superhero I am. Seriously. This tells you what I do on my weeknights. I answered questions such as, “Are you athletic?” I’m sure I inflated my answer there a bit. And “Are you a hopeless romantic?”

That answer was as obvious as a hangover after a night in South Beach.

After answering all the questions, I hit the results button and was surprised to learn if I were a superhero, I would be none other than Spider-Man. Seriously? That had me a little confused considering I’m not a man. And that had me wondering if I answered honestly on the “Do you like redheads?” question.

Yes, I really do.

To my delight, Wonder Woman came in a close second. Did I mention I love her hair? And red, white and blue? I love that Wonder Woman came in a close second because she loves animals, like me. And Wonder Woman was originally created as a “distinctly feminist role model,” way back in 1941, according to her Wikipedia write-up.

I also like that she looks a lot like my late grandmother, Betty.

I also came in as Green Lantern, The Flash, and Supergirl, respectively. Because, the test revealed, I am “intelligent, witty, a bit geeky and have great power and responsibility.” I’m not so sure comics are necessarily considered powerful, or responsible, as compared to world leaders or brain surgeons.

Geeky and witty is more like it.

Sure, it’s a little weird for an adult to imagine being a superhero. And to take a test on the Internet like a total dork to find out which one I’d be. But maybe that’s part of the summer of experimentation. Maybe I’ll try not caring so much what people think. Anything’s possible. And some people never change.

Superheros do it all the time.

April E. Clark wishes her wonderful mother a happy retirement. She can be reached at

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