The other morning I was walking to the gym and saw a girl trying to climb over a short railing to get to the train station. I would say the thing was about bellybutton height or so, and it took her about 1 minute in total to figure out how to manipulate her body over the thing. She made it, alive, but then seemed to be hobbling a little bit from straining her body in such an "extreme" way.
This got me thinking about how crummy it is that most people in this world just can't do things that should be so easy to do. People can't move! How many times have you seen a cop who is sitting somewhere, overflowing a seat, eating their classic donut, or in a fast food joint, and thought about how effective they'd be if, um, ANYTHING happened. Seriously, besides just shooting people,what else could they physically do? Or someone who can't walk faster than a slow, leisurely pace trying to walk an energetic dog. Or a clearly out of shape parent trying to get their kid to play, be active, be a kid?! How did we become a species of being that has no ability to physically function at even a respectable ability? Are we not the "most intelligent species alive"? Perhaps our intelligence is too much to realize that the basic ability to function is relatively more important than designing computers or suing each other. Perhaps our superior intelligence is actually our greatest curse because it provides us with the argument that anything we do to destroy our bodies and minds can be fixed by the technologies and medicines we've created, with our intelligence. Yeah, that was a long sentence.
I know, I know, I of all people should be understanding of the fact that people lose sight of certain things and just need a little kick. Well, I am understanding of those people, if they know what they are doing is wrong. I honestly have less and less sympathy every day for people who can't perform basic human tasks like: run, move side to side, jump, climb, pull, push, carry, throw, catch, sit down and stand up, duck, react, fight back and lift. These are some of the first things we learn to do as humans, and it seems that once we learn to do them at a respectable level (like around the age of 4) we slowly teach ourselves how NOT to do them. Or how to get other people and things to do them for us.
I'm not saying we should ditch our computers and cars and such and all go live in the woods. All I'm saying is that things would be so much better if everyone could remember what it means to be a human being at ALL levels. Don't use your brains to find ways to NOT use your brains and bodies. Us your brains to make the world better, to help people, to create positive change and all that jazz. And then go play, talk face to face with people, lift things and throw things. Run in different directions and continue to learn the things you were learning when you were 2 years old. Then maybe when you need to hop a railing, or chase down your kid, or carry a TV, or push your broken down car, you won't just sit there like a complete waist of space.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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