Sometimes you need to be reminded of what you’re doing. Or, more to the point, that what you’re doing isn’t normal for most people.
I was talking to one of my friends earlier today about how the same principles used to describe body mechanics in German wrestling are also used when being taught how to walk a tight wire. For those of you not familiar with either, let me explain. Your upper body is a frame. Your hips and your shoulders have to line up, else you fall over. Whether they are facing different directions on the same plane (think of how you’re turned when you crack your back), or if one is leaning (think trying to pull your sock up inside of your boot), they become misaligned. Now, in your everyday life, this isn’t a problem. When balance is of the utmost importance and a loss/lack of it will lead your to your downfall, your hips and shoulders have to stay lined up.
Now, back to my aforementioned conversation. The friend I was talking to is someone who I don’t think I’ve ever seen in “normal” clothing. Every time we have met, we have been in garb and were likely discussing authors that maybe a few hundred people world-wide have ever heard of. So when he commented to me saying, “does this mean you’re learning to walk tight wire? That’s badass.”, it came as a bit of a shock. Although tight wire is something I am nowhere close to mastering, at this point it isn’t out of the ordinary for me to see it around. In fact, it’s been over a week since I’ve had a day where I didn’t see one sitting right in front of me, and occasionally below me. I know everyone’s weird is a bit different, but sometimes it takes one of your “weird” friends to remind you just how out of the ordinary what you’re doing is.