Missing since August, our outstanding Irish full-back has been ruled out for the rest of the season and the World Cup after suffering a setback on his return from a knee injury.
The 25-year-old has got his head around that disappointment and is now determined to kick on for next season.
"It could be a lot worse for me," pondered Steve as he started a period of six to eight weeks rest. "There are people in a lot worse position than me in life.
"Sometimes you have to put in all in perspective, you have to. More important things go on.
"At the time I found out I was devastated but then again, part of me has always thought I could miss out because I was running out of time.
"I just have to be patient. I won't get my head down because I missed a World Cup because at the end of the day there are years down the line.
"Basically I miss the game and I want to play again. It's been a long time now.
"Last season I had a hernia, a knee and then a groin problem, I came back and now a knee problem again.
"Everyone gets their fair share so hopefully that will be it for me.
"People like Chris Armstrong have been out longer and come back. I always think of Willem Korsten. He is only a year older than me and he had to retire.
"I'm not worried. I know I will get back fit. When you get an injury you appreciate what you've actually got a bit more."
Stephen Carr put his injury nightmare in perspective and admitted: "It could be worse."