Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Anatomy of Movement

I have come to accept I will probably never be as brilliant (or exciting) as Lisbeth Salander, the main character in Stieg Larsson's "Millenium" trilogy that begins with the book "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." She's an apex-level badass who reads scholarly publications on quantum physics for pleasure. Me?  I can't even begin to compare but I HAVE recently begun reading "Anatomy of Movement," a reference guide used in many physical movement training modules, which is a bit different than the typical morose novel fodder than occupies my nightstand.

I have also done this with the "Trail Guide To The Anatomy," and, now that I think about it, I also love to read maps. I can read a spiral  bound atlas for hours and memorize key landmarks and alternate routes. I suppose our bodies are the metaphorical land masses, the lines of movement are the available routes, and the anatomy is the vehicle we use to arrive at the destination.

Is it completely self-involved or just human nature to actively pursue content that intrigues us? I love to read and learn, but I require a compelling reason to tackle subject matter that isn't necessarily inherent to my overall composition. The older I get the hungrier I've gotten where functionality - why things work the way they do - is concerned. I am not motivated by revolutionizing existing accepted standards, but I do think having a comprehensive frame of reference builds credibility in areas where one professes to possess expertise.

Now, big words and constructs aside ... let's move (with Neneh Cherry)!



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