Monday, June 14, 2010

The Clumsy

I have a wonderful amount of blogging that I want to do about my trip to Hiroshima this weekend and finally getting to meet the wonderful Nadia Lee and her husband, Hero Material.

But I seem to have given myself a mild concussion, so please stand by.

In the meantime, I want to discuss something else! Why am I such a clumsy individual? Are other people out there? Is there some reason that I manage to injure almost anything that can ever be injured, in the stupidest ways possible? (Current injury cause: slamming my head into a taxi door by accident.)

Surely, I'm not the clumsiest person out there, am I?

My husband's theory is that even though my glasses and contacts correct my vision a huge amount, they're not perfect. Combined with my natural klutz tendencies, he thinks that I just simply don't see things. But if his theory is correct, then why don't we hear all these stories about the vision-impaired injuring themselves? What am I doing wrong??

(ETA: Anyone who suggests that I need a cane like a blind person, or that I should avoid going anywhere will be instantly deleted. I can safely drive a car. I am not legally blind. My glasses and contacts correct me to somewhere in the range of 20/30-20/40, although my ophthalmologist keeps telling me it's as close to 20/20 as he can get it.

Also, I went to Odyssey last year with someone who IS legally blind, and she got along just fine in everyday life. In fact, she has better knife skills than I do, which is really neat. =) So I don't easily accept the argument that my vision means that I should limit my activities.)


Sarah N Fisk said...

Oh yeah, I'm the clumsiest person I know. I walk into walls - ones that have been in the same place for years. I trip on flat surfaces. I drop everything I pick up.

I don't know why I'm so clumsy, but I've kinda accepted my fate. My sister is *almost* as clumsy as I am.

In fact, just the other day I was telling a friend of mine about waiting in the hot Texas July sun while my dad changed the radiator in our van. He asked why we didn't just go into the rest stop we were at. I explained we were young and my dad didn't want us wandering around by ourselves. He responded with: "I don't want you two wandering by yourselves NOW," referring to both our klutziness and our ability to get lost in a walk-in closet.

aimee said...

Oh you're not the only clumsy one out there! Some days I am truly tripping over my own feet. I think that mine is tied in to rest/how tired I am. The less rest I'm getting, the more clumsy I get.

Deb Salisbury said...

I'm very clumsy, but I know it, so I tend to move slowly. I was going to say I'd only been hurt a few times, but when I started the list, I had to laugh at myself. Thank goodness all of mine were very minor injuries.

You're not alone. :-)

Jenny Rae Rappaport said...

Sarah N. Fisk, I, too, have absolutely no sense of direction!

Patti said...

I don't think your sight has anything to do with it. I'm constantly bumping into things, tripping upstairs and stubbing my toes and I have really good eye sight.

Anonymous said...

One thing D&D taught us, is that not everyone can roll an 18 in DEX. So what. You're not trying to pick pockets. ;-)

Kim said...

I'm another one who can't walk two feet without tripping over something. I bump into doorways all the time, I hurt myself doing the simplest things (hurt my back a year ago just by sitting of all things. Who gets hurt sitting???) And I don't even have your excuse. I'm just naturally clumsy. I think it's because my mind tends to be several steps ahead of my body. Bad things can happen as a result. ;)

It kind of stinks, but it does make for some entertaining stories.

Laurel Amberdine said...

I used to be very clumsy, but I managed to overcome it. Hardly ever have a problem now unless I get way overtired.

The change was mostly mental. I used to be always in a hurry, anxious, and hesitant. With slowing down, concentrating on what I was doing, and being confident, the clumsiness pretty much vanished.

I'm just a sample of one, though; can't say if it would work for anyone else.

Rachel said...

A few things...I'm not super clumsy, unless I'm on cold medicine, but I've had a few kids that came in with new injuries on a monthly basis. And also, there's a difference between what our eyes see and our brain sees. On your eye tests you're probably focusing and paying attention to what you're supposed to be looking at-taking the time to allow your brain to decipher it. With the current emphasis on standardized tests, there's a some work going into visual perception that have difficulty copying math problems from a book onto a piece of scratch paper will totally fail the math section-this is a problem when funding is based on this kid passing. You may have a small problem there, and definately compounded by poor eyesight-with those crazy glasses you wore as a kid, there was probably very little point in processing any information coming from the periphery as it was likely a total blur and completely useless and you had far better things to spend your brain power on. You probably need to retrain your brain to acknowledge and process that information-living so close to NYC, you can probably find someone who's working on that type of issue.
So sayeth Rachel, who is currently working on earning her special ed certification and has already diagnosed herself with several disabilities, from ADD to Autism :)

Jenny Rae Rappaport said...

Rachel, which Rachel are you??? Identify yourself! =)

I think you may be right about the lack of peripheral processing, but at this point, the eye doctor doesn't really do tests on me anymore... I don't know how to explain it, but I'm asked to look at things through lenses, sure, but he also measures a lot of stuff in my eyes. And I have 29 years of eye history, so I'm sure that helps. (For example, my eye sockets are deeper than normal at 27 mm--fancy, I know!)

But I DO use my peripheral vision when I read English. I speed-read naturally, and always have. They clocked me at 1400 words a minute when I was in 7th grade, and my eyes haven't substantially changed since then. On the other hand, it's not a skill that's translating to other languages well; I can't speed-read Japanese and I'm even worse when trying to read Hebrew quickly.

Rachel said...

Seattle Rachel

ryan field said...

I tend to fall at the weirdest times. And I'm always mortified. I did it a few weeks ago outside a garden nursery and all these people came over to help. And I'm like ready to die right there on the spot. But I never seem to trip or fall when I'm alone...there's always a captive audience.

Anonymous said...

My husband's like that too!

Maybe it's proprioception-related? There are exercises designed to improve proprioception, and barefoot/contact sports help with that too. I wonder if anybody's studied the possible link?