Watching My Own Body Language
Friday, July 05, 2013
Thursday, I watched a marathon of "Mad Men" most of the day, then we went to town to eat a burger and watch the fireworks held by the Fire Department and the Chamber of Commerce. It was a nice, cool, fun, beautiful evening. We got to spend some family time with Danny's brother and his family all of us out there together watching the fireworks. I actually got a little bit cold sitting in the back of the pickup in the night air, but we had fun.
Today, Friday, I've been home all day, except for lunch at the Junction, but have kept pretty busy, working on finishing up my computer backups and stuff. This morning, I also worked out hooping for about 45 minutes. I recorded myself hooping freestyle and also learning a new trick called The Shoulder Duckout. I got the first move down, but there are some more moves to add to it. One of these days, I'm going to upload a video. But viewers hopefully will have to cut me some slack for being stiff. I am 55 years old you know, no longer a spring chicken, if I ever was one. I've never had dance, or cheerleading, or anything like that, so I'll never be too graceful, but it's still a lot of fun. Speaking of stiff, watching myself on the video, makes me see how uptight I look, not just dancing, but just my overall stance. I need to work on loosening up I think. I don't know if it's from lack of self-confidence, or nervousness, or what, but standing on the outside and looking in at myself, I see that is something I don't like about myself. Not just while hooping, but generally, my whole face and body seem too uptight. My lips are pursed like I ate a lemon even like when I walk by and see myself in a mirror, I look so serious and engrossed. So I've spent today, trying to just loosen up my face. What a challenge. I'm sure just smiling will help, but it's hard when I'm concentrating so hard. I guess it will just come with practice. When I went to lunch, I tried to open up my shoulders and propped my arms up on the chair beside me, tried to relax my shoulders some. I watched other people around me, watching their body language. Interesting. Well see how this project goes. I'll keep trying.