There is only one way of doing that... right?
Everyday actions are common to everybody
There are some actions that everybody does the same way - walking, talking, breathing, thinking, using a toilet… But do we?
What if I told you, that it might be a case you’re in minority of how you do some basic everyday activities?
All these actions - so common for us, that we don’t even consider thinking about how we actually do them. We all learn them on our own -> nobody ever showed us the proper way of doing that.
“That’s the power of natural evolution” - somebody would say - learning by observation or being born with a certain skill (like breathing). But what if everybody figures it out differently…?
A Man Who Has No Imagination Has No Wings
.. as Muhammad Ali have said. I started thinking about our daily activities after reading an article like this one several years ago , about a guy who couldn’t imagine anything in his head - and he thought everybody is the same (the thing is called Aphantasia now). Imagine having this thing - why would you even consider that you’re different than everybody else when it comes to thinking? Maybe people would use some strange words sometimes, like “imagine this…", but you’d think it’s just an idiom, everyday speech?
So you can be living all your life, without suspecting that you’re doing something universal to every human on earth, yet in completely different way!
Ok, so what?
Valid question - everybody makes it a little bit their-own-way, but effects are the same so why bother? How about an example with a huge difference?
This example comes from my own life. Have you ever thought about the way you WALK?
“How can you do it differently?” you may ask - well, I’ve never thought about that too, just until one of my visits with a physiotherapist. Sometimes I feel pain in my knee due to having non-functional ligament. It turns out that strained muscles are one of the direct causes of the pain - my quadriceps in particular, especially after training.
So it turns out you can change the way you WALK, so that your quadriceps can have a rest and in result - the pain stops while walking - the way you do it sounds strange - you use your ASS instead.
Our ASS is a giant muscle, yet because of our modern lifestyles, we rarely use them (except of the girls at the gym maybe…). The easiest way you can try this out is climbing stairs(although it might require some awareness of your body) - try it yourself:
- stand on a single staircase, balance your body weight on your left feet
- put right leg on upper staircase, without going up yet
- Try to go up and stand on your right leg, but using only your ass to make the move - feel as your ASS muscle strains
- Repeat with other leg, and again, and again…
So right now, when I feel a pain while walking I just switch consciously to use my ASS while walking - and the pain is gone after about 30 seconds!
Trekking made easier
This conscious ASS-walking does require some practise, but might be extremely useful skill while trekking. Many people complain about knee pain when walking down - one of the reasons might be that your quadriceps are already tired, so they cannot hold your weight. When your muscles are tired, all your weight is hold by your skeleton (knees in particular). Next time during trekking think about it, and from time to time use your ASS when going up, letting your quadriceps rest and make use of them when going down!
Walking, ha… what else?
It might be fascinating to discover how different we all are even in such common activities. Try asking your friends next time some questions and maybe you’ll all learn something fascinating.
- Do you know that people think differently? Some think with images, some have an internal voice (it might be their voice or someone else’s voice).
- Do you know that people breathe differently? You can use your “stomach” or your “chest” for that. You can mainly use your mouth or your nose.
- etc, …
Now think of how many things there are, that we “naturally” do… Yes, those are natural for us, but what if we all do them differently?
Here’s a test to see if you’re “normal” in yet another kind of action: next time your flatmate goes out of a toilet, just ask him - “What position did you use?” (toilet position matters - https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/what-position-we-need-to-choose-when-sitting-on-a-toilet-795109/)