For many years, due to being unusually tall and thin, yet very shy and awkward, I had chronically poor posture. My shoulders hunched up and my large head dipped down. I had a judgmental first grade gym teacher who assigned children into groups by physical ability; he designated the two gangliest tallest girls, me and another, as basically the worst in the class and gave me the equivalent of near failing grades in gym class, even though I got straight As otherwise. From that point onward, I never felt comfortable in my skin as a physical being. I dreaded gym class for decades and avoided all sports, even though I thankfully had a kind gym teacher in middle school who tried to encourage me and gave me hope that I wasn’t an eternal klutz.
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