It seems that this critical piece of life saving advice cannot be repeated enough: do not fall down.
According to the New York Times, on August 17 Dave Freeman, co-author of 100 Things to Do Before You Die, died after he fell down in his home, hitting his head.
Occasions to fall lurk everywhere. This week while carrying a bag of top soil from the car to the garage, a little dog darted across my path. A fall was avoided only by executing a ballet move that sent me spinning onto the hood of the car. It seems that those years of childhood dance lessons may have saved my neck - thanks mom and dad.
In any event, Mr. Freeman's sad and untimely death at age 48 presents another opportunity to say it out loud: Don't Fall Down.