Wish I had more of it, with my writing and life and physically. I used to have both, but now? As for life, I know it will come back or I will adjust. Physically? Let me just say I won’t be doing backflips or cartwheels on a balance beam anymore. And I can’t cross the wire on Wii.
On Tuesday, I experienced vertigo at the bottom of the pool. I was helping students do out of air ascents, so I can understand the physiology of why I might have become disoriented. But I had such clarity of what was happening to my body.
And the weird/good thing: I was calm. Whether that came from training, stupidity, or knowing that I was completely safe if I got into further distress, I wasn’t worried. Even writing this, I can still feel the weightlessness, the slight spinning. Being able to recreate the sensation, I can inject this into my stories. The hero or heroine can have their world become totally unbalanced.
As word weavers, we don’t have to experience every sensation to create it. I don’t want to die, although I’ve come close a couple of times. I don’t want to be shot or stabbed or poisoned. Being able to translate what happens in everyday life to paper is awesome.
Taking balance away from a character will show what s/he is made of.