For Superman, Kryptonite was that one thing that rendered him ineffective and sapped all his strength and power. For me, it’s shots, blood draws, and other minor medical procedures.
I don’t know what it is, but these things cause me to freak out. And by “freak out”… I mean pass out! No joke! I’ve passed out after a tetanus shot, from having blood drawn for lab tests, and the worst of all, having my finger pricked for a health screening at work. That just happened this Tuesday. Fortunately for me the medical professionals I’ve been around during these occurrences have been very kind and understanding. I hope they get a good laugh out of the experience as well!
My latest “adventure” Tuesday got me thinking: I’ll bet everyone has their own form of Kryptonite they deal with. It may not be shots or medical procedures. Perhaps its public speaking, snakes, or even clowns (I’m surprised how many times people have told me they are really freaked out by clowns!). Whatever it is, we’re not at our best when our Kryptonite is present.
I’m trying to respond better when my Kryptonite is present (translation: trying not to pass out when I go to the doctor), but it’s proving challenging, as evidenced by last Tuesday. For me, I’ve found that the best thing I can do when I’m around Kryptonite is to tell the safe people around me about it. I have found that when folks know, they are compassionate and helpful.
I’ve also learned to be understanding of others when they experience their own form of Kryptonite. No matter how silly or unreasonable their Kryptonite may seem to me; it’s very real to them.
I’ll admit, passing out over shots and having your finger pricked is kind of silly. After the fact though, it makes for a funny story to share with others and always generates some laughs. Sharing our Kryptonite experiences with someone else is also a great way to be vulnerable and build connection with others, especially when they’re sharing their Kryptonite stories with us.