Hello there…holy cow…I’ve got something on my mind that I can’t wait to share. 😊 I’m feeling joyful because of a sweet memory and yes, I’m about as happy as the little dude in the pic. Happy Tuesday, y’all!
The first “Vicki” news flash? The importance of good posture and the benefits I reap if I stretch, every morning, to get my shoulders back and chin up. I don’t know what I do to myself when I sleep – it must be the side-sleeper curled up position, fetal-like…but wowza…I need to take a minute to get my parts to line up again, once I’m upright. And you know what? I’m finding I need a mid-day stretch, more than ever before. And later in the day, I need a ‘Hey, dufus, you’ve been sitting too long’ stretch so my hips and knees can greet my feet again. So that’s the first thing.
The second “Vicki” news flash? While out in the world yesterday, a random gentleman smiled and gave me the sweetest compliment. I passed him while headed into the post office – me in, him out – and he said, “How lovely to see someone with a spring in their step” as he held the door for me. I guess I DO walk that way. Maybe it’s just a combo of attitude and gait? I tend to walk with purpose and summon a sunny attitude, whenever possible. And then I realized I’ve heard this before, this ‘bouncy walk’ comment.
A few years ago, as I walked across campus, a friend saw me from a pretty good distance. She was arriving, having just parked her car, and was in search of the pick-up spot for the summer camp program. Susan’s son was in an engineering immersion experience for gifted youngsters, I think her little guy was eight at the time. As Susan scanned the imposing-looking buildings, realizing the campus was much larger on foot than when she drove by, she became frustrated with herself because she was late AND lost. (Now…that’s a combo I hate. How about you? I can handle one or the other, but both? Anxiety producer, for sure.)
But then, Susan said, she saw “this woman” (me) walking quickly from building to building, several hundred yards ahead of her. Yes, there were other people around – college students with their heads in their phones and/or ear buds in. Not as approachable as this gal she saw, with a spring in her step, a “bouncy walk” as she put it. So, she scampered just a bit to catch up with me, to ask the happy-looking lady for directions. I saw her coming and recognized her first. “It’s Susan! I bet she’s here to pick up Jake from camp” I thought and I started walking in her direction. She figured out it was me as we got closer and then laughed. “I should’ve known” she said. “I can spot you a mile away, you with your bouncy walk and all.”
The point? I’d forgotten all about the bouncy business until the stranger at the post office shared his off-hand comment yesterday, reminding me of the day I ran into Susan. More and more, I find myself a taking on a head-down-ever-watching-my phone-posture when I’m out in the world. My push for productivity? Fairly often it backfires – resulting in clumsy replies to texts and emails when I should be watching where I’m going, you know, klutz that I am.
My mantra for today? Shoulders back, chin up, and I’m bringing my bouncy walk along, just because.
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