Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Different strokes

Yesterday was my Dorothy Day. Dorothy is recovering from knee surgery, and she said she has to tell her body every part of each step right now - set down foot, press on heel,etc etc. Doesn't happen automatically. I thought about this and realized that my body does almost nothing automatically.

In the swimming pool I direct each arm to do specific actions on every stroke. I talk myself through each flip turn, and each one comes out differently (not many very well). I talk to my legs to make sure they are kicking. Honestly, this attention to detail makes me tired! I wish it were more automatic.

I also talk myself through steps when I am walking. I can't remember the last time I was unaware of my feet or my legs. So is there anything I do without thinking? Even my fingers, flying over the keys right now, are positioned in the way I know is good for them - perhaps from my piano training. I tell myself to sit up straight periodically.

Is this just me or is this an aging thing or...what?

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