Well, get a move on then, eh?
I love the very end.
I grew up dancing (ballet and Chinese dance). I played outside when I was a kid. I rode the bike, loved roller skating around the neighborhood. Despised PE class more than math.* If you know me, you know that I do not like to perspire, something that happens easily and sometimes without provocation. It’s not that I don’t like to move my limbs, I just don’t like to sweat…
Sweating makes me cranky. Being hot makes me cranky. Oddly, neither of these issues were, well, issues when I was a kid. I hated PE class in elementary school and junior high because we were graded on it. Unless one wants to participate in competitive sports, shouldn’t you just get a Check or Check Minus for PE? You showed up and moved your body to the best of your ability for the duration of the class?
I enjoyed kickball (or Danish Rounders as it was called). Four Square was fun too. Dodgeball on occasion. Anything that involved a stop watch, running, and a test of upper body strength, however, was the bane of my existence.
I don’t think sweating began to distress me until I was in college. Ironically, I took a few dance classes that gave me a new appreciation for the ways in which human bodies slice or serpentine through space.** Perhaps it was this new awareness of not just how my own body and the bodies of others occupied sat, stood, or gestured that I grew increasingly cognizant of being out of the equilibrium. Room temperature heart-beating.
No, I wouldn’t have preferred to lounge around instead of recess or PE. I just didn’t think it was logical or fair to evaluate someone else on their non-athletic prowess. I could do sit-ups till pigs were sheep and cats were dogs and thoughts were made of lincoln logs, but don’t ever ask me to run because I will just sit down on the ground where I stand and stare at you.
*What irritated me about math class wasn’t that I found it inherently bothersome–I just wasn’t good at it after a certain point.
**One of the reasons why I love televised football and instant replays (slow or not) from various angles.