DON'T fall - that's what I think every time I go up and down the stairs. In March of '09 I tripped and fell in the living room, just days after closing on a house with stairs. As I rushed around packing to move, my sandal caught on a rug and BOOM! I fell full length and felt a horrible burning pain in my knees.
For several years I had trouble walking and put on about 50 pounds. That didn't help! These days it has become easier to walk, with the help of a lot of glucosamine and chondroitin and other supplements.
But the fear of falling and losing my freedom never leaves me. I'm always aware and making sure of my balance before I take a step out of the car or off of a curb. So that just chips away at self-confidence. Even though I don't walk fast, I'm flying towards my elderly years.