The first sign that you’re growing old is CRASH. You fall down the stairs, you fall flat on your face because of a small rock you didn’t see, you didn’t see that elevated floor area or that dip in the road, or you just randomly tripped because of, I dunno, the wind, gravity, or the workings of a ghost.
Why do old people trip and fall more than the young ones? Could this increased tripping phenomena be caused by the age-related decline in one’s memory? That’s my unfounded, untested, unscientific theory.
Maybe people trip because their brains have forgotten to remind them that their eyes already saw that trip-inducing obstacle. When young people start walking, we don’t really deliberately scan every inch of incoming road, but our eyes glance at it and register it. For some sort of reason, when a hump or a rock comes near, we remember to look at it, and step to the right, or left, or over it. Like an eye blinking at intrusive dust, maybe we have this unnoticed reflex that saves us from injuries.
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