The Perks of Being Clumsy

I was always the clumsiest person in my group of friends. People would rely on me to fall over comically, and say it was a classic thing for me to do.

I won ‘Best Drunk Falling Over’ at my sixth form awards evening (obviously, the after-hours one, involving tequila shots for award-winning), due to a particular incident with a security barrier and a few too many rum and cokes when I was 17. I went from vertical to horizontal in about 0.5 seconds.

I once broke my ankle in school, and nobody believed me. I broke it walking down the stairs.

Literally, just walking down the stairs talking to my 13 year old boyfriend at the time (don't worry, I was 13 too) And I just stepped on it funny.

I am an incredibly clumsy person. Paper cuts, bangs on the thighs from tables, small burns, I am literally a walking disaster!

But, what does that mean for me?

Well, to start with, I don't know where the hell it came from.

Nobody quite knows where clumsiness comes from. But there's a few different theories involving balance, and a lack of balance, which I seem to suffer from badly. None of my family is like this either- they will like to make fun of me for it too!

But being clumsy means I've learned to take life a bit less seriously. If I trip over in the street now, which I do quite a bit, I laugh at myself because it's genuinely a funny thing.

I don't get upset and storm off in a huff like I imagine a lot of serious people would. I don't take myself too seriously because of it. It's taught me to have a laugh as well and it's taught me to be a bit more lighthearted in life, a bit more relaxed and chilled out.

So what if I trip and fall- what's the worst that can happen? I can get a graze. That's it really. Who cares if people see? They get a laugh, it’s all good.

I don't enjoy tripping and falling quite a bit, but it has taught me some important life lessons. Don’t take yourself too seriously and it’s okay to have a giggle at yourself.

C x



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