One day while randomly searching the Internet, I stumbled across a video that had me laughing all the way through: Ministry of Silly Walks; a vintage 1970s comedy sketch by Monty Python’s Flying Circus. That’s me! I exclaimed. That’s me! Yes, it’s probably very “un-P.C.” to find humor in a mockery of silly walks, but I thought…who else than a person with ALS, could fully appreciate how well John Cleese performed and how hard it must have been to do? Besides, isn’t one of the key principles of a resilient life - - “To have the ability to laugh at oneself?”
Besides helping me walk tall it’s even become part of my daily exercise routine. I stand directly in front of a sturdy chair with the Rollator positioned in front of me - - wheels locked in place. I can then do any number of simple standing yoga or Tai Chi movements knowing that if I lose balance, the chair is behind me and the Rollator is an easy grab in front.
After a while, the band decided to take a break and see a late night showing of Young Frankenstein, where the gag inspired them to write the hit we all know and love, Walk This Way.
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