This week, I was at the gym before work, literally counting the seconds until I was done when something awesome happened.
The woman on the treadmill in front of me had one of the best trip-and-falls I've ever seen. But before I get into the details, yeah, yeah, she was fine. (Not the point.)
So to set the scene, the music is pounding, the place is fuggy with sweat and the entire endeavor is dead boring in that drone-like, repetitive way. We are a bunch of plugged-in sheep, mindlessly going through the motions.
Suddenly, there is a high-pitched yelp and I turn my head, just in time to see a woman literally in midair above her treadmill! She somehow lands on her back (what?? the physics of it are astounding!) on the treadmill, which then shoots her straight off the thing and onto the hard, cruel gym floor, where she skids to a stop.
She moves slightly, wincing, groaning, as people around her (not it) leap off their machines and swoop in to assist her.
But she bravely waves them off. She stands up gingerly, tests for broken limbs, shakes it off and without a care in the world (save her bruised back, butt, head and ego), she hops back up on the treadmill midstride, like nothing had ever happened. But it totally had, and about 50 people saw it all go down.
This all took place over the course of about 20 seconds. Best damn 20 seconds of my morning, possibly my week.
People are just wonderful, especially the grace-challenged ones, such as myself.