Proprioception, your innate GPS

Just as the mighty Mississippi shapes the land through which it flows, so too do our senses shape our interaction with the world, a constant dance of give and take.
Proprioception, our 
body’s innate GPS
written by
jaron summers (c) 2024
In the whimsical tale of “Mark my Word,” I find myself wandering through the curious corridors of my own musings, much like a river meanders through the expansive American landscape, occasionally overflowing its banks with thoughts both profound and peculiar. 

This story, a concoction of my experiences and reflections, serves as a beacon, illuminating the hidden crevices of the human experience, particularly the marvel of proprioception—a term as mystifying to the common folk as the notion of a jumping frog in Calaveras County.

For decades, my fingers danced across the typewriter with the grace and precision of a steamboat navigating the Mississippi—effortless and guided by the unseen currents of proprioception.

These round keys, akin to the rounded stones found along the riverbanks, were extensions of my very being, allowing my thoughts to cascade onto paper with rhythmic certainty.



But as fate would have it, a tempest struck— square keys replaced my trusty round ones.






This shift was as jarring as a sour note in a sweet melody, throwing my well-honed skills into disarray. 

My almost-flawless typing became a jumbled mess, akin to a poorly shuffled deck of cards, leaving me to ponder if the gears in my mind had rusted over, or worse.

In the shadow of this tumult, I entertained dark visitors—fears of my own mortality and decline.

Yet, as the river of time reveals, not all is as it seems. My struggles stemmed not from the sinister specters of illness but from the abrupt change in my sensory landscape.

Returning to round keys, my typing prowess was miraculously restored, as if the river had found its course once again.

This odyssey through the tactile wilderness shed light on proprioception, our body’s innate GPS, guiding us through the physical world with nary a conscious thought.

The calamity of the square keys was not a signal of my undoing but a testament to the precision of this invisible sense.
It underscored how even the slightest alteration in our environment can unsettle the most steadfast of skills, much like a pebble causing ripples across a still pond.

Our prowess, be it in typing or navigating the river of life, hinges on the harmony between our senses and the world.

This episode, while trivial to some, was a profound lesson in the subtleties of human perception and adaptability, a narrative as rich and varied as the American landscape itself.

And so, “Mark my Word” ventures beyond a mere tale of typing troubles. It is a reflection on the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit, a celebration of the unseen currents that guide us, and a reminder of the joys and jolts that accompany our journey through the ever-changing landscapes of life and technology. 

Just as the mighty Mississippi shapes the land through which it flows, so too do our senses shape our interaction with the world, a constant dance of give and take.

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Jaron Summers wrote dozens of primetime television and radio programs, including those for HBO, CBS, ACCESS TV and CBC. He conceived the TV and Film Institute of Canada. Funded by the University of Alberta and ITV, Jaron ran the Institute for 12 years, donating his services for a decade.

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