For the last couple of months, I have had this terrible fear of falling.
I know it could be connected to many things. I have also read enough symbol psychology to know that there are meanings behind feeling like you are falling.
I know that it was a fall last summer that caused me to break my foot, a foot that I am still experiencing pain in nearly nine months later.
I know that I’ve fallen down (and up) enough stairs that it would be understandable to be afraid I am going to fall.
Sometimes I feel so weak that the wind could knock me over. There actually has been times that it has. My body and mind give in against the pressure. Instead of fighting back, I let it overtake me. I let the wind push me down, just like I let the people in my life push me down.
Feet are the roots that hold you down. They support the rest of your body. They keep you connected to the ground.
If my feet are my roots, I am fucked. They are so damaged. They have been damaged for a while, and they are only getting worse. Spurs, bone cysts, poorly healed fractures, arthritis, tendonitis…all afflicting the very things that are supposed to be my support and my foundation.
I’ve been trying to block out the pain for some time. I ignored the cracking of my foot every time I took a step. If a part of my foot hurt, I just put more weight on a different part. But then that part would hurt. And now I am at a point where it doesn’t matter where I put my weight; the pain is always there.
And now I spend my days walking so carefully, not just because of the pain, but because I am so scared I am going to fall. Sometimes while I’m walking, I imagine myself in a sort of fast-forwarded scene, taking a step and falling flat on my face, and being unable to pick myself back up. So I stay on the ground, and people just keep moving forward, not bothered by my obvious need for help.
Writing that all out, I can see the symbolism. My fear of falling is not about the pain in my feet. It’s about my fear of failing, about feeling unsupported.
I need to know that it’s okay if I fall.