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Heights

19 July, 2012

I don’t like heights, they scare me. I try to avoid them, but once in a while I might be wandering, enjoying the company and the surroundings, and there I am, far too high. I try to stay safe, be aware of the danger, and tell myself that if I keep away from the edge then I can’t be hurt. But the edge creeps up on me and I find my footing becoming unstable, my hand slipping away from my companion as I desperately try to keep hold and save myself. Or maybe I am keeping hold so that I can pull them down with me.

Sure, some of the views from up there can be spectacular, the climb can be pleasant, exhilarating even, and for a while the world seems like a beautiful place where all is golden sunsets and fields of waving corn. But the fall is always waiting. Sometimes, like a cartoon character walking on air, you don’t realise you are doomed to fall until it is too late. Your feet wave, your breath races, or maybe your breath disappears. You are doomed. Gravity cannot be overcome. Gravity always wins.

They say it isn’t the fall that hurts you, it’s the landing, but by then the damage is done, it’s over, you can check what still works and start the lengthy recovery process (if you want to, if you can). While you are falling though you have no idea how long it will last, how far there is still to go, how much it will hurt. You are only aware of the dizziness, the disorientation, the terror.

Best to try to stay on level ground. Stay seated. Stay indoors. Out of harm’s way. Safe.

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5 Comments
  1. A good warning for all of us romantics…

  2. “Gravity always wins.” Doesn’t get any truer than that. Still, I don’t recommend staying away from the edge. To live life always in fear of falling isn’t living life at all. Sometimes you’ve got to let go and hope you learn to fly on the way down.

  3. wow! someone liked this enough to link it on facebook and twitter! or am i being naive and its some kind of spambot thing that did it by itself?

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