We all fall down

We all know the nursery rhyme from days of old.

Ring around the rosy,
pocket full of posies.
Ashes, ashes,
we all fall down.

And then we grew up. We stopped singing the song. Stopped holding hands and going around in a circle before everyone threw themselves on the ground on purpose. But that didn't stop us from falling down. We just don't do it on purpose anymore.

Sometimes we let our guard down or focus too strongly on something else, that we don't even see it coming. You get fired, divorced, or diagnosed with a dibilitating disease. Something comes from out of nowhere and knocks us for a loop. We all fall down.

Some people never seem to miss a beat. They simply brush it off and keep moving like nothing happened. Other people are down for the count. One blow and they never recover. Most of us though, get back up, brush ourselves off and try again.

There have been several times in life that I have fallen down. I have been fortunate enough to have good friends and family around every time, to catch me as I fell. Recently in life, a few of my friends have fallen. I have been there for them the best I could and hoped to offer support and catch them before the hit bottom. A few of my friends have cancer, a few more have been battling it and I just hope they don't fall down again.


  1. It's interesting to see how different people cope. I think it's about perspective and whether they see themselves as victims or not. Some people can overcome the obstacle and win while others feel defeated.

  2. Posies in the pocket was supposed to save you from the Bubonic Plague. That little nursery rhyme always reminds me of how horrid things were once upon a time that children would sing that song.

    It does not make it easier when your loved ones are suffering.

  3. Sometimes the people who look like they didn't miss a beat are the most scared of all. Scared of 'not being good enough' scared of needing other people. Sounds like you have a good balance going. And...this getting old shit is not for the faint of heart!

  4. It's always interesting to see how people deal with obstacles. I'm of the belief that no matter what happens to me I'll always get back up again, but who knows for sure? I've never faced anything as trying as, say, cancer.

  5. Sometimes all we can be is the soft landing , or safe place to scream and cry. But that in of itself is a lot. Hugs to you and prayers for all


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