Following on from my blog post a week ago “What Did We Do Before Mobiles?” I have another observation that comes up a lot when I “people watch” on my afternoon walks – and that is that most people don’t look comfortable in their own skin.
If you just look around you will notice quite clearly the discomfort that people are living with day to day and are accepting as their lot in life. They are not usually doing much about it either – or maybe they just don’t know what to do?
One of the most common problems I see is pain, or misalignment of the body causing a person to limp, walk awkwardly or not carry themselves with a straight spine and upright posture. I’m see hips turned out, one shoulder higher than the other, people swinging an arm at an unnatural angle, stooped shoulders and an abundance of people looking like it takes great effort just to walk. I’m sure a lot of pain, stiffness and misalignment could be improved with a good diet, stronger muscle tone, weight loss and some type of corrective work such as Chiropractic, Massage, Alexander Technique, Kinesiology, Rolfing or Feldenkrais.
Along with the noticeable physical state many are in – I also see anger and unhappiness on so many faces. No smile hello as we walk by, but a permanent scowl and pained look are much more common.
It is sad to see that so many people don’t feel full of energy, vibrant and pain free with a love and enjoyment of life. When we do meet these type of people they stand out, we are drawn to their vitality and it makes us feel good just to be around them.
I think one of the most important things we can do is to self-evaluate and be honest about where we are at physically, mentally and spiritually. Ask ourselves the hard questions, look at our life objectively and see what might need to change. The education, the information, the knowledge and the support is not hard to find.
It is possible to feel not just comfortable in our own skin – but amazingly alive and grateful for every wonderful day.
But the hard part can be realising we’re worth it, and then doing what it takes to get there, knowing that it is all up to you – you are the only one with the power to change your own life. Just do it!