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So, you may not know (and if you don’t know, I’m amazed, it’s usually the third most interesting fact about myself I unselfishly volunteer without being asked), but I was a performer at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, which was roughly two years ago yesterday.

So, anyway, in a way of a minor celebration/salute, I decided to put on the key musical track And I Will Kiss today in the office. At the key drumbeat points, my body somehow remembered that I was meant to DO something, but my conscious brain couldn’t actually remember what.

That didn’t seem to matter to my body, which KNEW it had to do something and so … well, if you’d been staring at me in the office, you’d have seen my arms and elbows raising from the keyboard for one second in an extra-ordinarily unchoreographed movement, because darn it the arms and elbow just KNEW it had to do something…

Will the body ever forget these movements from 2012 ?!

Mirrored from almost witty.

Date: 2014-07-28 07:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
Muscle memory is a weird thing—rented a car last week to go visit my parents for my sister's wedding. All the way down the motorway, whenever I wanted to change lanes I'd, without thinking aobut it, crane my neck around to look in a specific place at the rear of the car.

It wasn't until, many many times doing this wondering why, I actually had a car in my blind spot and remembered why. Hadn't driven for 4 years, hadn't been on a motorway for even longer, but my body knew things I had to do to stay safe even if I didn't, consciously, know why.

It's far more likely you'll forget over time than driving techniques will be, but it'll probably always be there if you watch or listen to the music, the body's weird like that.

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