Ever since being hit by a car while biking, and having my collar bone repaired and my hip replaced, I’ve been terrified of falling. My doctors know I continue to bike. Collar Bone Repair doc just asks that I remember him for my next repair. Hip doc seems more confident in the sturdiness of his work. But I have dreaded falling. I do balance exercises. I do yoga. And in my regular life, I don’t fall.
But it was raining and there were puddles and I’m guessing I hit a piece of trolley track in one of those puddles. There are many on that street, no longer in use, twisted at unpredictable angles. All I know is that one second I was biking along and the next – splat. A car swerved around me. People came from the sidewalks to surround me and protect me from traffic.
I got up. I lifted my bike. I walked to the curb and up onto the sidewalk. People asked if I was okay. I did a body check. Before that accident, I’d have said, “I’m ouchy, but nothing serious.”
This time I paused before answering. The truth was – I was ouchy, but nothing serious. I thanked the people who had protected me. I reassured them. I was scraped and bruised like a normal person. I was thrilled. I fell and I got up. My body is back to normal.