[Note: written this weekend, before all the icky weather and more cautious-walking started happening all over campus. I also did not intend for this to be negative but commenting in the way when you find the funny in all situations. Smilin!]
So, a lot of people compare their lives to an animal or a character in a book or a movie. I’m sure there was a time when you took a quiz on Facebook that was something like, “Which Disney prince/princess are you?” or “Which Lord of the Rings character are you?” or something like that. But I came up with this on my own. If I were an animal this week (because these things change, of course), I would be a sloth. First, let me tell you a little about them.
The 3-fingered sloth is the slowest moving animal in the world, moving at a break-neck speed of .003 miles per hour. These animals have been built to live life in the treetops of South American rainforests. They have a powerful grip and hang from tree branches. Sloths sleep 15-20 hours a day, and remain motionless even when awake. 3-fingered sloths do not move well on land. Because of their weak hind legs and long claws, they are quite clumsy on land. If a predator is coming when they are on land, they stand no chance. However, these sloths are very agile swimmers. More interesting facts include: they have an extra vertebrae in their neck, so their heads can turn some 270 degrees, and they have a long, high-pitched call that echoes through the forest.
Why am I like a sloth this week? Well, I have found that if I S L O W D O W N when I’m walking, I am less likely to lose my balance. Although it takes longer to walk between the Humanities building and my dorm, I can still get there on my own. Although when people are walking past me, I stop and wait for them to pass. It was actually on one of these treks that I first related myself to a sloth. I DO NOT sleep 15-20 hours a day, because that’s just crazy for a PERSON. However, I do need more sleep than those around me because of the MS. But I’ve accepted that. I’m not a very good swimmer. At all. But when I was trying to think of a substitute for that, I came up with texting. Because I can do that faster than I can walk. But not at the same time.
Thus, this week, I feel like a sloth. Mostly because I’m really slow moving. But on Wednesday I’m startin’ up some PT, which will hopefully speed me up to that of a koala bear, which is the world’s 5th slowest animal. Woo! Crusin. What kind of animal would you be and why?
Recommended reads: “Sherman is a Slowpoke” by Mitchell Sharmat and David Neuhaus
..And I equate THIS video to all of the awesome people who have given me piggy-backs when I have most needed them. This is a thank you shout out to all you!