Just the way it is

Just the way it is

Don’t you love connotations? They make life so much more pleasurable.

J is for Just. And that one word carries a wealth of meaning, all by itself.

Just can mean ‘quite simply’. It can mean ‘very recently’. It can mean ‘precisely or exactly’.

Just also means ‘missing by a narrow margin’.

And that is JUST what today’s post is about. Or perhaps it is all of the above. You be the judge.

Just the other day, I had a fall. This wasn’t your average slip-and-twist-your-ankle kind of fall. Oh, no. This was the one where I slipped in a pool of water, two inches deep, went flying through the air, landed hard on my face and banged my chin,forehead and shoulder against the ground, literally causing my teeth to rattle and bleed.

No, it wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t the way I pictured my Tuesday evening. For about ten seconds after I fell, I went into shock. I literally could not move. Then, the survival instinct kicked in. I was alone at home, so this meant I needed help. With difficulty, I picked myself up and made two calls: one to  my neighbour and the other to my husband. Both of them dropped everything and came running. While the floors were being mopped up and I was being given first-aid, the scenario and the plus points kept playing out in my mind. I was obviously in a whole lot of pain and wanted the whole thing to just disappear from memory.

I was JUST glad that it had been me who had fallen and not my daughter. I doubt I could have taken the pain of watching her go through it all.

I was incredibly touched that friends JUST came rushing to my rescue- a fact that I am always grateful for, while living in my amazing community.

The fact that I had JUST escaped a fracture, a possible concussion and perhaps loss of consciousness, was not lost on me. Considering I was all alone at the time this happened, you can understand what a sense of relief washed over me when I realised this.

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At the end of the day, I know it hurts when you are in pain, depressed, unable to eat the things you love and have bruises to show for the fall. 
But, just remember, it could have been much worse.
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0 thoughts on “Just the way it is

  1. Woooo, you are strong and bold! Even my sister fell down last week and had a sprain 🙁 Happens, take care. I hope you get well soon 🙂 <3 *hugs*

  2. Oh, Shailaja ! Hope you're better now….
    Hugssss….. take care. Don't worry….the pain will soon be gone.
    Admire your strength, turning this incident to a post. Admire your passion for blogging too.
    Yes, it could've been much worse, but thank God it's not !!

  3. Praying for your quick recovery, Shailaja.

    Every time I had an accident, all I could see was the silver lining. Glad you are seeing the positive side! ♥ Get well soon. What a relief you have nice neighbors!

  4. Oh my God this must be a harrowing experience Shailaja. I have no idea what you felt in that moment especially being alone. But as you said I am also glad that help was round the corner, shows us so much about human relationships 🙂

    Well I am also glad it is not your daughter but I am sad it is you. I wish it was no one..


  5. oh my goodness! YES, it could have been much worse, but I'm glad it wasn't. I was not so lucky when I fell twice – yes, twice – within a month and broke my ankle in two places! Please take good care of yourself and rest up – even bruises need rest to heal plus you will be ever so careful after this! JUST like me!

    abcw team

  6. The way you described your fall sounded very very painful and I'm glad you were fine enough to pick yourself up and make those calls. Please be more careful next time! (from mother to mother!!)

  7. OMG Shailaja, even though you told me about it, reading the account here sounds so very painful. The power of descriptive writing you could say!

  8. That sounds like a nasty fall!! It's great that you had the presence of mind to take the right action at the time and the positivity to see the silver lining. Hope you're completely okay now!

  9. I love this Finding Nemo quote- Just keep swimming- so motivational!
    Thank God you escaped unhurt with less; great when things aren't bad, Shailaja.
    Just great 🙂

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