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  • Writer's pictureRobert Hightower

Back and forth

I've always been different from everyone else. But it was when I started walking backward everywhere that people began to take notice.

It all started as a silly joke. I was walking down the street with my friend, and I decided to try walking backward just for fun. But then something strange happened. I enjoyed it.

It was like seeing the world from a completely different perspective. Instead of always moving forward, I looked back and saw things differently. And as I kept doing it, I found that I was getting better and better at it. Soon, I was walking backward everywhere I went. At first, people would stare and laugh, but eventually, they got used to it. Some people even started to think it was fantastic. They'd ask me why I did it, and I'd tell them that it was just my thing.

But the truth was, there was more to it than that. Walking backward made me feel like I had more control over my life. Instead of always moving forward, I could look back and see where I had been. I could avoid things I didn't like and go back to what I did.

And it wasn't just about control, either. Walking backward made me feel more connected to the world around me. I could see things that I had missed otherwise. I could appreciate the world's beauty in a way I never had before.

But there were downsides, too. It was hard to navigate crowded places, and I had to be extra careful when crossing the street. People would sometimes bump into or trip over me, and I could see the frustration on their faces. And then there were the stares. People would stare at me everywhere I went like I was some freak. Some people would laugh, while others would look at me with pity or concern. But I didn't care. Walking backward was my thing, and it made me feel alive. It was like I had found a secret way to live a life that no one else had discovered. And then, one day, everything changed. I was walking backward down a busy street, lost in thought when I felt something strike me. I fell back, hitting my head on the pavement.

The next thing I knew, I was hospitalized with a concussion and a broken leg. I knew I had to give up my backward walking, at least for a while. It was hard, but I knew that it was the right thing to do. And so, I started walking forward again, like everyone else. But it wasn't the same. I felt like I had lost a part of myself like I had given up something extraordinary. But then, something unique happened. I started to notice things that I had never noticed before, even when I was walking backward. I saw new places, met new people, and felt like I was truly living. Ultimately, I realized it was about something other than walking backward or forwards. It was about finding a way to live that felt authentic. And that meant walking my path, even if it wasn't the easiest or the most convenient one.

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