Everyone knows what standing is. It’s simple. You put your feet on the floor, and point your body at the sky. Just standing, always the same, only one way to do it. Or is there?
Take a look at this:-
Five stick people. All of them clearly standing. But no two are alike. Look a little more closely at the detail. The angle of the arms, the legs, the shoulders. The amount of bend at the knees. The amount of lean in the torso. All different.
Now have a look at this group of people. Do you recognise them?
That’s right, they are my stick figures. I don’t know any of them, but they are real people, modelling for a photo that could be used in a dozen different blog topics(*). They’ve probably been told to be ‘typical students’. Clearly none of them has a major disability or physical deformity. Yet not one of them is standing exactly like any of the others. All of them are creating their own unique angles, leans, distortions and lines of exertion.
What does that say about our ideas of “just standing”?
(*) the photo is by Ambro via FreeDigitalPhotos.net