Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What's Up With Falling Down

I fell, but at least the view was lovely lol!
Events from this post were originally penned in Aug 2013 and have been reproduced on MirrowWatching.com for Way Back When Wednesday.

I was out running today and I fell. The experience was surreal, like instant replay on ESPN. So slow in fact that I had one too many thoughts as my status with the pavement changed from vertical to horizontal. My left knee, then the right one, left hip, hands, chest and face in that order hit the ground. Man, it really hurt. I laid there for a minute contemplating if I was ok. Oh my freaking goodness! I'm stretched out on the ground.

It is early morning on the second day of Cup Match in Bermuda. The streets are deserted but for one lone compact car that had stopped just up ahead. I decided I better see if I could get up. As I am lifting myself up I’m checking to see if I am still alive and I notice that I am lol. Oh ok! Some scrapes, road rash and tenderness in some spots. The compact driver, seeing me extract myself from the pavement, must have determined that I was ok and continued on their way. That was kinda sweet, I guess?!

As I brushed the dirt off my face I’m thinking, "what now?" I'm almost two miles away from home at o'clock in the morning on a holiday with no money. I can't walk that far (I'll explain another day). No buses are coming at this hour. The only thing left to do is run. I adjust my earphones and headed out. Limping yes, but running nevertheless. A smile eased over my face and I think, "Get it G!"

As I run I remember the last time that I had fallen.....

Picture it. Big girl on her hands and knees in the street, dazed, bruised and embarrassed trying to collect the contents of her purse that had scattered about the street in downtown Dover. How did I just fall off that sidewalk? There were people on the street watching and whispering, but no one was helping. Then I realized the lady in the car is not waiting to see if I was ok, but she wanted to park where I had fallen. I struggle up off my knees. Tights are ripped, but I gather myself and walk away. Home, at that time, is only half a mile or so away, but in my current state it may as well be two miles. As am crossing the train tracks it starts to rain. REALLY! Not that I am already upset, but of course there isn't any shelter to be found so I get wet. Knock, knock - your express delivery of depression has arrived. I know, I know. It's ok. You can laugh. The whole thing was just preposterous.

That day I was publicly humiliated, my spirit was broken and my ego was bruised. The experience was so traumatic for me that I was determined not to let it happen again. I'm sure between that fall and this one 12 years have passed, but my whole world has changed. As it would happen, I did fall again, but the only thing bruised this time are my knees and hips. Nothing a little dip in the salt water (ocean) can’t cure.


Have you ever had an embarrassing fall?  How did you recover?

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21 comments :

  1. I'm stuck that the woman was just waiting for you to move so she could park. That's all kinds of wrong.

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  2. Yes, I was at a party in high heels and a mini skirt and I took a nose dive, I wasn't too embarassed LOL. However five years ago, I fell on the ice right in front of my garage and broke my left wrist, I will never forget pain I was in. #wowlinkup

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  3. Yes. I was 12 years old. I was wearing heels at a class party. Someone spilled juice on the floor. I laid on the floor for a few minutes before I realized I wasn't dreaming.

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  4. My most embarrasing moment ever was my senior year of high school. I was the captain on the cheerleading squad & it was senior night. There were 5 senior girls on the squad, so we each picked a started and as his name was announced we did a kick. They turned off all the lights on the gym & had a spotlight shining on the hoop being held for the starters to run through. My player was announced and I did my kick, only I didn't realize there was a wet spot on the floor. My base leg went out from under me and I landed flat on my back with one leg over my head. NOT the most graceful, lol! I hurried up and got up thinking that maybe no one saw me, even though I was in all kinds of pain. When the lights came back on all the guys in the student section were holding up signs that said 10! lol

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    1. Hands down Aimee, that was embarrassing. A little funny too :)

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  5. My first time out with the new in-line skates complete with wrist pads but no knee pads, elbow pads or helmet. Gotta be cool right? Wiped out on some sand on the trail with only about 25 people watching. My cool image went up in a puff of smoke! I skinned myself up pretty badly but the worst injury was my pride. Now I am in full-geek attire when/if I skate.

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    1. Ohhh Joli! I remember when in-lines came out. Not to worry. Everyone was getting skinned. :) Thanks for popping in.

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  6. I don't remember ever falling but I imagine I would feel the same way, for a moment, and then move on.

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    1. Lucky you Jill. Falling down gets wonky as you get older.

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  7. I fell a few weeks ago and I wasn't embarrassed. Just shocked. Fortunately I had someone with me who stayed with me because I was then moving slower. Glad to hear how you have grown in 12 years. #wowlinkup

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  8. I was walking across a very large shopping center with my then four year old daughter. I tripped over the broke asphalt and down I go taking my daughter with me. At least two people rushed over to help, as my daughter was screaming like someone had stolen her favorite teddy bear.

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    1. Oh wow. How horrible and with the baby screaming bringing unwanted attention. They make it impossible to recover quickly. Lol.

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  9. That view tho! Oh my God! Yes...I wish I could fall into the ocean and let it all washes everything away. Sigh.
    Thank you for this beautiful post and for linking up with us again this week.

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    1. You are welcome Maureen and I wish I could fall into that beautifully ocean right now as well.

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  10. Girl I fell on Christmas off of my bike!! I felt the same way, like could this be happening!! But I got up and got back on that bike!

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    1. Good for you. They say it's best just to jump bAck on that horse / bike ;)

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