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I know that I am old.

I love watching So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew. I marvel in amazement at the things they can do with their bodies - especially the breakdancing and the flinging themselves to the floor moments (ball room dancing death spirals and such).

99% of me longs to do it myself.

But there's a small part of me that just thinks "What will their bodies be like when they turn 40?" It has to have some kind of impact. There must be some kind of dancer's version of whiplash.

And what must it feel like when they are 60 or 70 and can't do that any more? Any athlete, really. Or anyone used to their body being able to do extraordinary things. Well, except for Jackie Chan, of course, who will *never* stop doing extraordinary things. It seems to me that it has to be sooooo much harder because aren't they are losing more than the average person? I don't know. It must not, because so many of them go one after their dancing or tennis careers to do commentary or to teach/coach others, and they never sound sad as they watch the next generation do their thing.

Boom boom pow.

(By the way, I would have kept Fresh and Southern Movement. Plus, Fresh had the biggest audience response, IMHO. Also, I'm not an addict to this show. Usually I catch it in a marathon one a lazy day after the season ends. There was no Mystery! on PBS tonight, so I had a free night.)


Just took some quiz thingy. I actually was a libertarian for a bit. I didn't realize I was this far left. I'm not so sure about the results. I zoned out after the first three questions and stopped doing the second "how important" ranking so they didn't really get all the information they collect for determining their results.

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I am a left moderate social libertarian
Left: 5.51, Libertarian: 1.7

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suremightbe
Aug. 10th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Actually, if they have done all that work on their bodies, when they're older they're much more limber and in better shape. Sorry. No whiplash
sarahtoalaska
Aug. 10th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I've wondered that too... not the whiplash part :) but the part about when you loose it... do you miss it more. Granted they should have a longer run of being good than I will, but if you loose it does it hurt more?

Even if it's not natural. What if you are in a accident? Is it harder for a dancer or someone like that, to loose your flexibility?

I hate being gimpy and sore but how would I feel if I use to dance everyday and couldn't?
madladyred
Aug. 10th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Well, the whiplash wasn't meant as real whiplash - just the idea of some kind of ache or pain that sticks with you. I probably should have said carpal tunnel. :) But whiplash is so much more fun word to say and type. :)

I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons (sobbing throughout it). The wife was a dancer who had an accident that took away her full range of motion. She could still dance, and she taught dance I think, but she had been THE DANCER - like praised, top in show, whatever the highest honor is for dancing - and she lost that from the accident. Plus, her husband was getting younger while she was getting older, which is also a constant reminder of how your body is just going to get less and less flexible/able/whatever. I think that's probably what initially triggered any deep thoughts about it this topic, then every time something reminds me of it (like seeing a particularly amazing dance move) I'm right back to Benjamin Buttons and fall into a temporary melancholy.

I suppose people who are prone to being bitter, will be bitter AND people who are generally optimistic will handle it gracefully. But I think if I was used to making beautiful poetry with my body, I would at least upon occasion lament my lost grace.
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