Why We Fall.

In life, it is often all too easy to fall from the path. To make a mistake, to end up falling into a pitfall and in the unknown. This is something that happens to everyone at some point or another, not being a matter of if you take a tumble, but a matter of when. For everyone, this is a deeply unpleasant occasion, as you often end up sprawled in the dirt with little idea what way is up or, frankly, how you got there in the first place.

Given the pain these times in our life can cause, it is often all too easy to curse at the sky, wondering why it is that you have fallen and why on earth you must suffer during this time. And this makes sense given how these situations can unfold, both in the literal sense of falling and the metaphorical. They are almost always unpleasant in the moment.

But, I do believe there is a reason why we fall. That reason is to teach us how to get up again. 

It allows us to build the resilience and fortitude to know that setbacks will not destroy us, that perhaps failing an exam is not the end of the world. It lets us know that despite being rejected, life still goes on. That despite your plans not working out the way you envisioned, that they are still other opportunities. It lets you know that no matter how hard you hit the dirt, that you are still breathing, that you are still alive.

Of course, once you realize that you are still alive, many options will open up to you. The best of which would be to get back up, to dust yourself off and get back into the fray. Of course, you can and should learn from the experience, figure out where you tripped up and fell so that you do not make the same mistake a second time. The process of learning is one way to turn a rather unpleasant experience into one that can benefit you in the long term.

Unfortunately, you can also only really learn how to get back up from experience. None of the books in the world could teach you how to do it without you having first experienced being knocked down in the first place. However, having the knowledge that you can indeed pick yourself up will give you a certain confidence that is impossible to have otherwise. It gives you the confidence to give things a go and push yourself outside of your comfort zone, as you know for a fact that if things go wrong in your attempts that you can always get back to your feet and keep on going.

So take some solace if you find yourself face first in a ditch unexpectedly. You are still alive, and you do have it in you to get back up and learn from that experience, even if it make be difficult. And from that, you will develop greater confidence and reliance, and the future knocks and bumps that may come your way will not seem as monumental.

Published by Duncan Hookey

A British/Canadian writer who writes about various topics related to how to make the most out of life.

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