Thursday, January 27, 2005

My Height Dilemma

So, I've been trying to stand up straighter. If you know me, I'm a bit of a slouch. Well, that's not a good example to set for my students, so ever since I came here, I've been standing up as straight as I can as often as I remember.

I even checked it out in front of a mirror. It turned out that even when I thought I was standing up straight, I was still slouching. When I actually stand up straight, it feels like I'm leaning backward. It's weird.

I wish I had started doing this all those years ago when my father warned me about my posture. He said that if I kept slouching like that, it would be permanent. But, of course, being the genius I am, I didn't listen, and now I'm paying the price.

I have two students that slouch, and every time I see them I want to grab them and make them stand up straight. It drives me crazy. But that's not my dilemma.

The problem I have is this: Japanese doorways were not made for someone as tall as I am. When I'm slouching, there's no problem. When I'm standing up straight, I hit my head.

I hit my head a LOT. The first few times, it was kind of funny (not so much for me, but bystanders tended to laugh). I mean, how could I forget to duck? And yet, I keep forgetting.


1 comment:

  1. You might want to see a chiropractor about your slouch. I also slouch (also against the advice of my father) and now I have a reverse curve in my spine, which is exactly what it sounds like. So I'm working to get it bent back into shape. My chiropractor showed me some pictures of what will happen if I don't. Basically, the vertebrae in my neck will fuse and I will be (A) permanently hunched over (you know those little old people that are always hunched over? They used to be slouchers) and (B) forever in pain. It also puts a lot of undue stress on parts of my back, which translates into pain now that, he assures me, will only get worse later.

    So, as trivial as it seems, don't slouch.