Our bodies are a means of communication. We are affected and we affect. Our senses are daily needs, but do we ever really use them to their full potential?
I deem myself a fast walker, I can not stand walking slow, be it behind a crowd, all alone, or with a friend by my side; I am always being told to “slow down!”. During the span of this class, I have gained new knowledge not only about our senses and developing them, but also about the minimal attention we pay to our senses. I would say that 85% of the time, I am not in a rush to get anywhere, I have just become accustomed to walking fast and squeezing through crowds. During one of out lectures, something that Heather said struck me; she was talking about Bruno Latour and the notion that “… with new knowledge, heightened awareness renews atonement to out unconscious”. This made me question what I could experience if I were to take the time to slow down, listen, and look at my surroundings. What am I missing when I speed by? Why am I so overly impatient walking behind slow people (who tend to be on their phones and not paying attention to their own surroundings)?
Senses not only serve us purpose in being able to experience the world, but they serve as a reminder that we are human, we have the ability to use parts of our senses, or attune ourselves to broaden our horizons and use them to the fullest of their capabilities. Time has no limit, it will go on without you, and you can chose to live each second seeing, hearing, feeling, and learning new things, or you can just rush to your destination and miss those little things that could make a difference in your life, or in that moment of your day.
Our senses are a privilege, not a right. We should be thankful for them and try to make a goal of discovering new things about them, expanding them, challenging them, and altering them. Be thankful for what you have and use it to its fullest, because some people out there would love to have what you have, and they would be grateful for being able to experience what you do, even for just 5 minutes.
Thanks to this class, I have not only learned a lot, but I have set a goal for myself:
Stop walking so fast, and start experiencing more of what’s around you.