This was a wake up call as I stumbled on the unfamiliar stairs and went flying backwards down 5 stairs, head first. For a split second I thought this could be it, but thankfully though I landed on my head I only had a big bump and mild concussion. I did get checked out but the shock has left me more mindful of my imbalance and how fortunate I was not to break my neck. Now I am rightly more cautious and sadly less carefree as I navigate around the house. The cane always goes out with me now and I slow down and watch more closely. This was a year of numerous falls and I am finally recognizing that I have to live a more careful life.
Limitations are a hard thing to swallow and losses need to be grieved over, but I am also so grateful that I was spared a terrible outcome. Falls always are humbling and never pleasant, but humility is not to be scoffed at but embraced. I need to remind myself that humility is not worthlessness but goes hand in hand with dignity. I am no less significant, just less arrogant. Pride does indeed come before a fall, along with carelessness.