Having little to no control over circumstances in one’s life is a very humbling experience. It is also insulting and denigrating. Arriving at an age when having achieved some maturity, that maturity is challenged, leaves us with a sense of reduced importance. Many of us have had positions which allowed us respect and dignity. As age takes over, some of that is surrendered to stereotypes and slurs. But, more than that aging allows us to understand how growing older creates the necessity for humility.
If you have been one of those caught in the deadly spring tornado rampage, you are aware of your inability to control Mother Nature. Storm shelter installations are on the rise. Discovering what you can do to increase the odds for survival is a very wise and humbling experience. You are admitting that it takes more than your wits to outwit disaster.