Everyone falls. It’s a simple fact of living an ambulatory life.
I have a friend who recently tore up her ankle when she caught her shoe on the crack in the sidewalk. Another friend, who fell going UP the stairs, ended up needing surgery on her ankle. Both of these women have been qualified “walkers” for over 30+ years….expert-level skilled walkers you might say. Walking the walk, as they say, didn’t keep them from falling.
In my opinion, Recovery and walking actually have a lot in common.
Think about an infant learning to walk…..it takes A LOT of skill building, practice, tenacity, and resilience….it takes a lot of steps. Pun fully intended!
Step 2: Learn to sit-up.
Step 3: Learn to stand-up with support.
Step 4: Learn that when you fall, you can still get back up.
Step 5: Learn to stand-up without support.
Step 6: Learn to move legs and balance on one foot with support in preparation for first step.
Step 7: Take first step while supported.
Step 8: Take first step without support.
Step 9: Learn that one step is only the beginning…..many more await!
Step 10: Learn to balance without support in prep for taking multiple steps consecutively.
Step 11: Learn to follow first step with additional steps.
Step 12: Learn to enjoy your new-found freedom!!
And there you have it….who knew we underwent our first 12 Step Program as babies?!?!?
In all seriousness…can you see the similarities? Stepwork is a process…one frought with tumbling, bruises, and the occasional slices of humble pie.
Even Olympic track & field athletes fall. Yup…the pros do it too, despite the enormous hours of training they have logged. Morgan Uceny was a distance runner for the US team just a few short years ago. She had what was considered to be one of the most impressive resumes in history and was usually favored to win the races in which she competed…and usually did so. In 2011, at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, she fell and did not finish the race….nor reach her goal of earning the title of World Champ….all on International television. How horrible that must have felt…to have her dream squelched…and for all to see…over….and over…and over on network television. Heartbreaking.
But Morgan had a choice…..she could drop back in embarrassment, bathing herself in self-pity….or step back into the ring….or onto the track.
With a dose of tenacity, Morgan dusted off her wounded heart and did just that, stepping back onto the track to qualify as a runner in the 1500 meter dash at the 2012 Olympics. I can only imagine the redemption that must have wafted through her soul as she was heralded as the expected winner leading up to the Games. What happened at the London Olympics is almost too bizarre to believe.
She never finished the race.
As best my research shows, no athlete has had two separate significant falls in such prominent races…and especially not back-to-back as did Morgan. Massively heartbreaking.
It just goes to show….everyone falls. Babies…..Olympic athletes…..and 12 Steppers. And often those falls come at the most inopportune moments. Looks like we’re not so different after all, eh?? None of us are perfect, despite how hard we may try.
We are all on this journey working towards our goals and we will never taste the sweetness of success unless we learn to also stomach the bitterness of defeat from time-to-time….that’s just reality, friends. But here’s the giant asterisk to the whole shebang….falling is not final.
Falling is not final.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10