Surprises happen to all of humanity each and everyday. Whether the person is as clumsy as can be, or concentrated consistently, providing a surprise can challenge the emotional reaction of anybody. In being an individual who gains a self-awareness level higher than average, there are perks to this gain.
Perks being that it revolves around the concepts of what you are doing, eating, viewing, hearing, touching, and thinking about. All of these actions happen everyday, all the time, forever. For example, being aware of eating an average cheeseburger and knowing that it's bad for you (I'll get to a post on how Nutrition benefits everything sometime) would be considered good awareness because it demonstrates the realization of what is being put into the body.
However, there are disadvantages to this. It is not ideal to be constantly looking at what you are doing and become distracted by being aware. For example, playing a game of tennis with a friend or few. While the serve is made, before you're able to react to the ball, you think about what you are doing, where you are at, if you're hungry, and basically plague your game by being distracted and possibly smacked upside the head from a tennis ball. This causes mistakes in the game, and overall a worse experience for not only yourself, but everyone involved. Becoming an aware individual involves better thinking, perception, and efficiency. It is more logical to be aware at the appropriate times than being aware while doing work, homework, or playing a game. Stay focused in what you are doing and notice this!
When I look at the world, city, or arrangement that I'm in, I like to understand what is happening all around me. Sitting on the front porch in a plastic chair, listening to the leaves bristle, hearing the dirt crackle at the bottom of my sandals, seeing the air flow in the direction the Earth takes it, and watching cars drive down my street is a common thing for me. The easiest way for myself to be aware is to be still. Not frozen like a Popsicle, but being a still self where distractions are rare no matter what I am doing.
What I'm suggesting is know your surroundings more. Understand who you are, what you can achieve, and what is out there in the world. It's important to make life the best that you can make it out to be, and one of those ways is just knowing what is around you.