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HelenLake Tue 07-Nov-23 11:07:35

I feel like they could make a whole episode of You've Been Framed based on me 不不不

Blossoming Tue 07-Nov-23 11:11:04

Have you ever considered you might have dyspraxia?

Scribbles Tue 07-Nov-23 11:18:54

Oh, I've always been hopelessly clumsy. When I was a child, my mother referred to me as Clumsy-Clot and Baby Elephant and it was entirely justified!
Partly, it's probably because I'm left handed which inevitably leads to a certain amount of awkwardness in a right handed world but that's certainly not the entire reason. If something can be dropped, broken or tripped over then I will drop it, break it or trip over it.
I used to worry about it until I realised this only made matters worse. Now, I just shrug, laugh and try not to get close to anything fragile when browsing in shops or visiting friends with precious china on display.

Salti Tue 07-Nov-23 11:22:38

As a child I was often told that I was clumsy and gawky. I think it was just adapting to a right handed world as a lefty though.

NotSpaghetti Tue 07-Nov-23 11:28:28

I am not straightforwardly clumsy - if on my own for example - but do gesticulate a lot so am a danger at the dinner table!

NotSpaghetti Tue 07-Nov-23 11:29:09

I do get very lively in company! 不

HelenLake Tue 07-Nov-23 11:39:47

NotSpaghetti

I am not straightforwardly clumsy - if on my own for example - but do gesticulate a lot so am a danger at the dinner table!

Do you mean flap your hands about when you're talking 不 because I do that. Over the years a few drinks have ended up in my lap lol

silverlining48 Tue 07-Nov-23 11:43:20

My dh always walks too close to me and I need space because I dont seem to walk straight anymore. Tripping and sometimes falling is a regular occurrence these days. Luckily I mostly bounce.

ExDancer Tue 07-Nov-23 11:48:44

I'm like you Silver lining. Why do we lose the ability to walk in a straight line? I notice I take smaller steps now, is that it?

PinkCosmos Tue 07-Nov-23 11:49:20

I used to be more clumsy than I am now. I was always tripping over, breaking glasses etc.

I came to realise that it was mainly because I was not concentrating on what I was doing, or I was multitasking

Following a bad fall a few years ago I no longer do anything other than walk when I am walking IYSWIM. I don't rummage in my bag, look at my phone, look in another direction etc. Don't get me wrong, I don't walk like a robot but I am so much more aware that I need to do one thing at a time.

Philippa111 Tue 07-Nov-23 11:51:52

I can be clumsy too and more recently I seem to be constantly dropping things!!

biglouis Tue 07-Nov-23 11:53:01

Do you mean flap your hands about when you're talking

I used to gesticulate a lot when I was talking. Still do. On one occasion a man I scarcely knew siezed hold of both my hands and told me "Dont talk with your hands."

I pulled them free and snapped at him "Dont touch what you cant afford. You couldnt keep me in hairpins". I said it loud enough for everyone else in the room to hear.

silverlining48 Tue 07-Nov-23 11:54:14

Yes concentration is probably the key. Had a fall on holiday recently. I didnt notice the pothole in the pavement because I was too busy nosing/looking at the gardens of a nice hotel we were walking past.

PinkCosmos Tue 07-Nov-23 12:09:32

silverlining48 - yes, this is exactly what I used to do. Now I stop walking, look at whatever it is and then start walking again.

My bad fall was due to me tripping on a pothole.

keepcalmandcavachon Tue 07-Nov-23 12:09:51

NotSpaghetti

I am not straightforwardly clumsy - if on my own for example - but do gesticulate a lot so am a danger at the dinner table!

Me too but I'm rather good at charades!

PinkCosmos Tue 07-Nov-23 12:10:02

It is quite a conscious thing I do these days

NotSpaghetti Tue 07-Nov-23 12:10:08

Yes, HelenLake - when in Italy once someone said my forefathers were obviously Italian!
I have yet to see Italian diners waft glasses off the table though...

My husband says that's why a lot of restaurants in Italy serve wine in tumblers. grin They do, of course - unless it's a very upmarket place. So now we have invested in some rather smart stemless wine glasses which cause me no problems.

... however I must remember not to switch the light on with the hand holding the open bottle of wine!

NotSpaghetti Tue 07-Nov-23 12:11:16

I love to see others gesticulating.

flowers to all those who talk with their hands!

M0nica Tue 07-Nov-23 12:17:03

Dyspraxia immediately sprang to my mind. I have dyspraxia, diagnosed several decades ago, but it is only with the current interest and research into neuro diversity I am discovering how many of the other minor problems I have are part of the syndrome. It coves the problems I have using a smart phone, remembering sequences, doing more than one thing at a time.

sodapop Tue 07-Nov-23 13:11:18

I am clumsy too HelenLake always breaking things. They just fall apart in my hands. My husband considers it his life's work to go behind me repairing everything smile

Canalboatgranma Tue 07-Nov-23 13:19:30

I can't seem to walk straight either, this maybe due to my arthritic knees. Also I drop a lot of things because of arthritic thumbs. So my DH has got used to me walking into him and the crash of large or heavy items hitting the floor

Happygirl79 Tue 07-Nov-23 13:30:18

PinkCosmos

I used to be more clumsy than I am now. I was always tripping over, breaking glasses etc.

I came to realise that it was mainly because I was not concentrating on what I was doing, or I was multitasking

Following a bad fall a few years ago I no longer do anything other than walk when I am walking IYSWIM. I don't rummage in my bag, look at my phone, look in another direction etc. Don't get me wrong, I don't walk like a robot but I am so much more aware that I need to do one thing at a time.

You are so right. We often are thinking of the past or the future. We need to live in the present to stay safe! I am so guilty of this. It's a lack of concentration

AreWeThereYet Tue 07-Nov-23 14:37:20

Growing up I fell up and down the stairs with regularity - it was a bit of a joke in the family. I often put things on the side of a table so it fell off. I couldn't play racquet sports well - I almost always hit a tennis ball or shuttlecock with the wooden part of the racquet not the strings. I was thirty before I found out that I was short sighted in one eye and long sighted in the other, so judging distances was almost impossible. Now I know about it I take a lot more care, especially on steps.

Esmay Wed 08-Nov-23 03:50:22

As I get older , I've noticed that my balance isn't as good as it was .
It all started with injuring my knee about four years ago .
I've had a couple of near falls recently .
I've been going to chair yoga and I'm trying to restore my mobility .

M0nica Wed 08-Nov-23 06:31:31

Esmay I would also recommend Tai Chi.