knee-uh replied to your post: This is just a lot of personal bullshit involving…
no sad Dans :(
Not sad anymore! I’m starting to see my real notifications again!
Prime example: I sometimes walk with a limp. I don’t always, and I don’t choose when I do it. It’s not for attention or pity or sympathy, either. I was born with loose joints, as the doctors told me when I dislocated my shoulder (in math class. Will explain upon request), so when I do repeated motions on my joints, they start to get stiff and sore. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing (in fact, it’s exactly what is supposed to happen, and in the medical field, they refer to this process as “physical therapy”), but it still hurts like hell.
So, when I work a hectic wedding and spend all day running around, leaning to give or take away food, and going up and down stairs, the joints in my arms and legs become very painful (in addition to the back pain that comes with lifting dish racks and not sitting down all night). My right leg gets a lot more wear and tear because I’m right-dominant, and so I usually bend my right knee while serving and clearing.
So, over the course of the week, I’m slowly recovering as my joints heal (medical science refers to this process as “exercise”). Each time this happens, they strengthen a little bit, but if I stop doing it for an extended period of time, they go back to their normal loose selves. Either way, because my legs hurt during the healing process, when I’m not paying attention, I’ll walk with a very slight limp. It’s not really noticeable at all, and if someone does notice it, they usually understand when I say “I worked a really crazy wedding this weekend and am still physically recovering.” Hell, I could even say “I worked out the other day and am still sore” and no one would question it.
However, when I see someone who is very clearly limping because of a chronic illness or permanent injury, I feel super guilty. It’s the same guilt you feel when you think about how hungry you are and then see a homeless man holding a sign that says “need $$$ for food.” It’s not like you don’t still need food just because he needs it more, but you still feel terrible every time you eat after that. It’s a similar situation here, where I’m limping because moving my leg normally is painful, and even if I tried, it would still come out looking like I was “walking funny” because, as previously stated, it is painful. However, I still feel guilty because I can see other people have it worse than me.
Basically, even when it’s impossible for me to walk the way I normally walk, I still feel guilty about walking differently when my legs hurt.
Asked by Anonymous
First: My name’s Dan! Nice to meet you, anon!
Second: I did some reasoning as soon as I read this post. The fact that you’re on anon but are asking for information that you legitimately want to know means either you’re a follower of mine or you check my blog regularly enough that you know you’d see my answer to this question. The fact that you haven’t seen a picture of me and don’t know my name means that you’re not a long-time reader of my blog, or you’d have seen a number of posts with both my name and picture on them. So we have a couple of options as to your motivation here. You could be:
If it’s the first one:
That’s me in the library the other day.
If it’s the second one:
Come off anon, or at least tell me who you are! I love talking to old friends.
If it’s the third one:
He said that this was ridiculous, and that of course you needed both, because one introduces the points you’re about to make, and one summarizes the points you just made.
That’s exactly why I think it’s stupid. If my thesis is “Cats are great” and I have three supporting arguments, then the paper breakdown goes thusly:
It always bothered me that the Intro and Conclusion were basically the same thing at different ends of the paper. I would prefer to drop the introduction completely, leave the body paragraphs as is, and then conclude it at the end with “and that’s why cats are great.”
Whenever I say this, though, people respond “Oh, but you’re supposed to put all the conclusions you arrived at in the last paragraph, too,” as if, when you wrote the introduction, you didn’t already know what would be in the conclusion.
I get it. Jesus is great and I’m going to hell. Now, if you don’t mind, you’re making it hard to hear “Sympathy for the Devil” on my iPod, and I have to finish this blog post about Harry Potter so I can get home. I have a lot of porn to watch.