Today I fell over in the street.
Twice. It’s not usually a regular occurrence, but for some reason today I had something of a struggle with gravity. First time, well I’m not entirely sure what happened, but I was walking along minding my own business and suddenly I was sitting on the pavement. There was no one around, so I had a quick chuckle and got myself back up again.
Little less than an hour later I stepped off the curb onto a road and I found myself sitting. Sitting on the fucking street again. Thinking to myself ‘ok…weird’ I decided to just enjoy it for a moment. I mean how often do you get the chance to just randomly sit down on a busy street, on the ground, in the middle of a crowd? You don’t. I was laughing, and looked at the people around me, some looked worried, others were trying very hard not to laugh, but once they saw me laughing it was fine. Everyone was laughing. I took it in for a few seconds and then accepted someone’s hand to get back up. I then proceeded to walk away with the biggest smile on my face.
In the past something as simple as falling over in the street would have ruined my day, I would have been embarrassed beyond belief and then played the moment over and over again in my head. Why? A mixture of self loathing and being so self absorbed that I assumed other people would be recounting the tale of ‘the girl who fell over’ to their friends and family for days to come.
It turns out a change in attitude can make everything enjoyable. Know, and love yourself, and everything becomes a hell of a lot easier. That.is.all.it.takes.
Tell me HEthens, which random moments have you found enjoyment in?
This happened to me this summer on my roller blades, there was some sidewalk construction and I had to hop a curb to hurry to my green light, but then I cut off some dude trying to take a right and I stutter stepped and had like a 3 second fall right in the middle of the intersection. I didn’t know how to react other than to laugh and smile at the people waiting for me and reestablish my cool, then the dude walking behind me pointed out I dropped my iphone by the curb so I had to go collect that before I could continue to cross the intersection. The light had been red for like 3 seconds while I was crossing, it was comical by this point – everyone was entertained – and like you, I rode away with the biggest grin on my face.
Two weeks ago…I’m sitting on the subway (I’m from New York) and this guy walks by me. He’s holding a GIANT yellow balloon. I’m perplexed. Suddenly everything I’m perceiving becomes real, crystalline, and still. The intensity of being drops in. I’m present. So I did what anyone would do: I thanked him. He was very confused as were the people surrounding me. Was I embarrassed? In that moment, not one bit. Embarrassment is just one type of fear manifested. I’d just been thrust into ‘the now’ and had no need for fear.
@danfontaine, Haha yeah man, gravity was hating on me today. Awesome story too. Made me smile. I think it’s the 3 second fall more than anything, haha, because I know that would have felt like forever. I was lucky, mine were instant. Wait, am I comparing falls? I think…it’s my new favourite thing :D
@inception360, Great story! I did something similar last week. I was sitting on a bench in a busy street, and I overheard a snippet of conversation which resulted in these two guys singing a line of a song together. I don’t know what came over me but it was an amazing moment, and I couldn’t help but shout after them ‘that was beautiful’. They too looked confused and I think people around looked almost worried :)