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Life Lifter: The Armless Way to Rock Out
There is a lady in my yoga class who does yoga the way we all imagine ourselves doing yoga: she's fit and flexible, makes every pose look easy and dancelike, and wears her long hair down the whole time, sweeping it into a cascade during downward dog as if she were auditioning for a shampoo commercial. Peeking a not-very-meditative glance at her the other day I thought: What must it be like to be a hair-down-yoga-lady? I will never be that. I am the grunting one in sweatpants, whose legs are not physically long enough to do a proper downward dog. Curse you, fates!
Naturally, as is the way of the world, I went from yoga class to seeing this video of George Dennehy, an amazing (and armless) teenaged guitar player. This is a kid who was born without arms, people, and who thought to himself, Alrighty then, I guess I'll play guitar with my feet. Sure, why not? His cover of the Goo-Goo Doll's "Iris" went viral a couple weeks ago, so the Goo-Goo Dolls decided to invite the kid on stage to play the song with them. Observe:
Right? Aren't we lucky there are people like this, who remind us that not being a hair-down-yoga-lady is completely, totally fine? That our bodies, strange and beautiful as they are, figure out how to get their jobs done? And most of all: can George Dennehy rock out or what?
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