If I asked whether walking is easy or difficult, most would reply it is easy, unless you have a disability of some kind that would prevent you from doing so. The truth is, walking is a highly complex and difficult task for the body to perform. You plan your steps carefully all while watching for obstacles and keeping your balance on uneven or moving surfaces. Have you ever watched a toddler try to walk for the first time? They fall, cry, sometimes bleed, and can even break bones. Do you think they would say would say it is easy? Do you remember when you took your first step? Do you think it was easy for you? Chances are you had the same experiences as the typical rookie. Why do toddlers fall, cry, and get right back up and start walking again? It is because they do not have enough cognitive awareness to connect the walking to the pain. Even if they do have the awareness that the walking caused the pain, there is no story that dictates, “pain is bad and needs to be avoided”. Toddlers never say to themselves, “walking is dangerous and I am not going to do it ever again”. When you fall as an adult do you tell yourself that you will never walk again? We have thoroughly let go of the idea that walking is difficult, it does not even cross our minds.
Imagine if we didn’t have to tell so many elaborate and dramatic stories. How would our lives be different?