As long as I can remember, I’ve had bad posture. Over the years, I have tried a number of ways to correct it, but to no avail. The main reason for my slouch is that I am 6’3” and have a tendency to bash my skull into just about any low-hanging object. This is especially true in our basement, where the drywall covering our ductwork has put divots into my head, as well in the heads of my two sons. Over time, my posture has evolved into a self-defense mechanism. It’s better than wearing a hockey helmet everywhere I go. However, in this new year, one of my goals is to correct my posture. To look at me walking my dog, you would think I was looking for dimes on the sidewalk. Especially at this time of year. Walking with my head down protects my face from the icy wind. However, come May, I have no excuse. Just habit.
I have heard somewhere that to correct poor posture, you should walk like a Superhero. To perfect my Superhero Strut, I imagined myself walking toward a movie camera in slow motion. My cape, flowing in the wind behind me. If that doesn’t do the trick, nothing will. However, this is where my plan hits a snag. When it comes to Superheroes, I have always been a Marvel guy. By and large, capes are not real big in the Marvel Universe. To my knowledge, the only exceptions to that rule are Thor, Doctor Strange and The Vision. I can picture Edna Mode from The Incredibles having an in-depth discussion with Stan Lee about this subject. I guess I’ll have to go with Superman (DC). That red cape with the gold “S” stands out in the wind! If I can perfect my Man of Steel walk, my posture problem should be history.
Part of my rationalization for walking with my head down has always been, “Gotta keep an eye out for dog poop!” While that is a concern, if I re-focus my vision down the sidewalk, I should be able to spot any biological hazards ahead. The other night I was consciously walking with my head up and I was amazed by what I saw. It was a cold, clear night and the stars were shining brightly. Well, as brightly as they can shine in the suburbs. The clouds looked just like window blinds in the sky. It was breathtakingly beautiful. If I had been trudging along as I normally do, looking for dimes and poop, I would have missed an incredible sight. There’s a life lesson in there. Although you may sometimes step in some poop, keep your eyes on the stars! That sounds like it should go on a t-shirt. Dibs!
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