Funny how your perspective on life and taking risks will change once you have a couple of little babies you are responsible for. At this time of the year people all over the place are outside in the cold and wet, climbing ladders in order to put up Christmas lights. Now that we live in a house (we’re finally out of the yurt) I am no exception to this yearly ritual.
As I was out front installing the lights I would set up the ladder, climb up and then hook the lights in place from left to right. I would reach out as far as I could, at times I was sticking my left leg out in the air in order to balance myself. All so that I did not have to climb down off the ladder and move it over.
The stupid thing, well the first of many in this situation, was that I only had to climb down five rungs in order to move the ladder so that I could reach the next spot. It took all of 10 seconds to get down, move the ladder and then climb back up. So why did I start to climb down instead of doing the stupid reach? Because I remembered reading that nearly 2000 people are injured every year from falling off ladders…2000 in BC alone! And worse, seven people die each year from falling off ladders. And one more thing, serious injuries due to falls from ladders are most prevalent in the age group 45 to 60. Those are my people!
So as I was putting up the Christmas lights this afternoon I thought of my up-and-down, move the ladder as time I would not have to spend on the stair-master at the gym. And I thought about how much I love to walk and move around with my little princesses and that I would never want to jeopardize that. So be careful on the ladder. Think before you reach.