Owen has an obsession with the Avengers. Every chance he gets he seems to be pretending that he is either The Hulk or Captain America saving the world against some bad guy. Of course, I absolutely love joining in. Last week Bec had finally had enough and told us to “stop mucking around before someone gets hurt and go and brush your teeth!” While we were supposed to be brushing our teeth Owen and I were pretending to be The Hulk and were flexing with all our might in front of the mirror. “Hey,” Owen said, “you have lots of muscles like Captain America! You look just like him, except you have no hair of course.” Now, even I knew that this was not an entirely accurate representation of my body; and, even though I knew this was the same boy who thought that I was ACTUALLY Batman; and, even though I am painfully aware that my body looks NOTHING like Captain America’s: I couldn’t help having a little spring in my step as we left the bathroom shirtless together.
However, my new found confidence in my body was about to be ruthlessly shot down. When we came back into the living room Bec and Sarah were talking about ballet and how awesome ballerinas were. “Well,” I said, “if you’re looking for awesome – CHECK THIS OUT!” I then proceeded to do a graceful pirouette, a refined plie and an astonishing arabesque – or so I thought anyway. As I finished my little routine to peals of laughter, I heard Sarah say: “Oh yuck, Dad! When you jump around all your body bounces around all over the place. It is super saggy.” She then proceeded to loudly do a pretend vomit behind the couch.
Well, I thought, I guess it is true that how we see almost everything in life is a matter of perspective. Owen and Sarah certainly had two vastly different perspectives of my body and also of my athletic abilities.
Speaking of how we see things, I have been meaning for a long time to bring up an issue I have noticed with my patients who wear glasses. We are all spending increasing amounts of time either working at a computer or on mobile devices. This really does place a lot of strain on our upper neck and can lead to neck pain, headaches and even dizziness. With physiotherapy, most of these problems are easily fixed. However, I have found that patients who wear multi-focal lenses and spend a lot of time working at a desk or on a mobile device tend to take a lot longer to improve. I think this is due to the fact that they are constantly moving their head up and down trying to position their glasses so that the screen is always in focus. Often, if we organise a set of glasses purely for reading or working at the computer we get fantastic results in treating their neck pain. If this does sound like you, please do discuss it with your physio and maybe make an appointment to see Nikky at Tamborine Mountain Optometrists.
By the way, it is not particularly important to me how other people view me. But the fact that my son thinks that I am a superhero? Well, that is something to cherish and something I will adore for as long as he believes it.