May 16, 2016

I have a hard time looking up when I walk. I like to look at the ground.

Over the years I’ve been told that I should look up more. By multiple people. It’s not good for my physiologically (my head slumping down puts me in a mentally depressive state I guess?) or psychologically (again with the depressive state). Also, I’ve been told it just makes me look bummed out to other people. I’m not sure I care about all that.

I don’t feel depressed – I feel interested and curious. I feel like there are things to see and notice and I don’t want to miss them.

Granted I’ve never seen myself do this. Maybe if I saw a video I’d realize I want to change this particular habit, but for now I gotta say I like it better this way.

I like to see where I’m stepping.

I see things at my eye level, too –  trees, plants, houses, people…but I don’t really look up all that much. I don’t really see the sky – unless it’s amazingly gorgeous and can’t stay unseen. I don’t really look at the cars driving…unless it’s one I recognize. Mostly I like looking down. I like seeing all the things that no one else sees. I like noticing the bugs and the slugs and the birds hopping through the undergrowth. There’s a lot happening on the ground. And I like knowing where my foot is going to land.

So I don’t think I’ll change this particular habit, even though science seems to be on the side of the commenters. That’s kind of the thing – nothing is ever black and white, even in science. Just because A causes B in 58% of the people 86% of the time…well that’s not the case in that remaining 42% of the people 14% of the time. It can be hard to remember that even though there’s a majority, and even a causation…it’s not 100% of the people, 100% of the time. Nothing is ever black and white.
(Except for that last particular sentence.)

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