I believe the slang term for what I am is duck-footed? I’ve heard bow-legged or flat-footed as well. The simplest way to put it is this: if you look down at your feet, and the toes point forward naturally, congrats, you don’t have what I have. If they curve outward, so that your feet point in two diagonal directions, then you do have what I have.
It means a few things. One, my hips are a little finicky. It’s easier for me to have them slip out of alignment or slightly disconnect. And, two, it means my center of balance is a bit different. Those are the main things besides my appearance.
I promise it’s vastly not as bad as what you assume. I can run (I run almost every day) and I’m not un-nimble on my feet.
It also, and this is the main point of the article, makes me sit differently. Most guys I know can sit with their knees out in front of them comfortably. That’s not how my body wants to work. It aches to keep my legs suspended that way for even very short amounts of time.
So, instead, I tend to sit with my legs crossed. Even in chairs. As I write this, my feet are tucked up in front of me. If I can, when I can, I always sit that way. Weirdly, it also makes it easier for me to sit on railings or floors for long periods with little to no discomfort.
And, of course I’m biased, but I find it’s better for concentrating. I don’t need to keep track of my feet or feel the floor. I become a ball of hands and brain, built for writing.
Sure, they do cramp up and I need to adjust sometimes, but that’s been the way I sit for so long that I forget it’s weird for most people. I’m fairly (okay, fine, extremely,) eccentric in my manner and my words and my actions, but this is one aspect of myself that I forget other people would find odd.
But, hey, that’s literally how I’m built. I’ve spent years learning to mask it to a degree, but, if I relax, that’s what they do.
That’s how they are. That’s what I am.
At least I can say I’m a bit unique.
Special thanks to: Bob Gerkin, Collin Pearman, Dylan Alexander, Jerry Banfield, and Michael The Comic Nerd.
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