Just as some background information, I am a very clumsy person, not withstanding this anecdote. One occurrence at the gym, after a good, full workout: lifting chest, biceps, triceps, back, and shoulders, I felt like finishing a good workout with a hard run. I jogged to the locker room and grabbed my CD player. Returning to the treadmill area I tried to find an open treadmill because most were already in use. I picked one of the usual, basic treadmills and put my CD player on the small shelf area the treadmill had and started it and began to run. At first, I had a good, constant pace, but soon after a minute I decided to pick up the tempo.
Now I had been jogging for about four good minutes and had a comfortable run going, when suddenly my CD player fell from the shelf. Unfortunately, when my CD player fell off the little shelf area my first intuition was to stop and pick it up. This wouldn’t have been a bad idea had I not been on a treadmill. The instant I stopped to pick up my CD player, my legs were taken quickly out from underneath me. This caused me to land on my face with a tremendous thud followed by me finally gliding off the treadmill, as its belt kept moving. I got up from the ground, physically fine, but with a massively hurt pride.
So I did the only thing I could do to make it look natural and not like an accident: picked up my CD player, stood up and wiped my knees off, stopped the treadmill, placed the CD player back on the rack area, and started running again. A good intuition should have said, “You ” re on a treadmill, you can’t stop running to pick up your CD player. Stop the treadmill, then get it.” I’m lucky enough to have a bad intuition that makes me decide to stop on a moving treadmill, but through it all, I have a good sense of humor and also I’ve learned from my mistakes. Honestly, experiences like this are the most important because when the pride is hurt, it takes real intestinal fortitude to see if one can handle the pressure or if one will crack. I have a strong inner-sensation of pride, but I also have the ability to realize my imperfections and mistakes and to correct them so I can better myself. Furthermore, in being able to tell such a story shows a great amount of self-confidence since I’m telling complete strangers one of my more embarrassing moments.
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This may seem like a trivial event in life, but it taught me to be more self-confident and that everyone makes mistakes, it’s just how we react to them that matters. Throughout it all, the experience made me a better person; such a small event taught life lessons I’ve benefited from greatly.