February 12, 2009

"They're funny things, Accidents"

Suddenly, I was on the ground wrapped in a short, yet heavy fence. I think I woke the entire neighborhood with this little mishap last night. It reminded me of how quickly and unexpectedly things in life can happen.

As I galloped down the steps of the house and out to the car, darkness masked the gate which is usually open. The gate is about waist high, so as my toes and hands hit it, my momentum and weight made it collapse, carrying me with it. I landed on the gate and then the rest of it fell on top of me.

The metal hitting the cement and my eloquent use of cuss words surely got the neighbors' attention, but luckily they didn't come out to see what had just occurred in the quiet little 'hood.

I was not injured - no broken bones (I don't think), no gushing blood, just an all around soreness. I was just glad it did not happen to my mom who visits regularly. If this had happened to someone much older, it would have been really bad news.

As a cyclist, and even as a trail runner, I'm constantly aware that I could crash or take a tumble at any given moment. Maybe that awareness and my very cautious nature keeps me out of trouble in that respect. I haven't had a fall in many years, not on the bike & not on a run. The last time I ate it, in fact, was at home coming down steps and that was 5 years ago. The hazards of home.

As the mild pain subsides, so too will the reminder that things can happen in the blink of an eye.

Quote of the day:
“They're funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you're having them.” Eeyore, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

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