365 Day Journaling — Day #189 - Frequent Falls

Divya Vartika
Photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash

I have a strange quirk. Well, maybe not so strange as I have seen this in a movie as well. I hate getting anything on my feet. I mean I can get my hands dirty (to some extent). But I just become super uncomfortable even if a little bit of mud or water soaks my feet or even my shoes.

This just makes me want to curl up my feet or sometimes I just take longer jumps to avoid puddles. Now my balance and coordination are not too great. So, these evasive techniques usually backfire and most of the times I land on my ass.

I have fallen so many times that it is a running joke among my friends and family. I know in order to avoid falls I should place my feet more firmly on the ground and stabilize myself. But my conflicting desire to not get my feet dirty restricts me to put my feet on the ground. In this futile conflict, gravity wins every time and I land flat on my back.

Thing is I feel equally strongly about getting my shoes dirty so even the best shoes with spiky grip and non-skid bottoms, fail to do their job. If I don't keep my foot flat on the ground, then how will I avoid a fall?

Today the same thing happened. I was visiting a temple with my family. It was an old temple with stairs very narrow, high and slippery. I was supposed to go down the stairs to the main worship room to offer my prayers. The door was very low and I saw my very tall husband expertly bending down and going down the stairs with no trouble (he was even helping his mother navigate safely).

When it was my turn to go, I promptly banged my head on the low door and then slipped down the stairs all the way to the bottom of the room. There were just a few stairs and I managed to get up quickly. But it was enough to gain everyone's attention and made my husband burst out in laughter.

I honestly don't know how to keep my feet and my shoes clean while avoiding falling at the same time. It sounds easy but it is a big challenge for me.

Divya Vartika

Written by

Reader, Writer, Dreamer

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade