November 14, 2011

Accidents Happen

Have you ever been walking along, doing just fine and then suddenly you trip over something and before you know it, you're on the ground?

Every time that happens, isn't it just the craziest thing?

Tripping and falling is so unexpected.

It seemingly comes out of nowhere and changes your entire mood, your whole day.

After the "tripping and falling incident", the remainder of your day passes with a humming noise in the background.

The humming is the sound of you, asking yourself,
"Could I have avoided that?",  "What did I do wrong?" and, even more importantly, "Did that person who I thought didn't see me fall actually see me fall and then look away, pretending  to have not seen it happen?"

Yeah, at least- that's what happens to me when I take a spill.

Last week on Thursday, I did NOT trip and fall but I was involved in a pretty scary car accident.

Don't get me wrong, when it happened I wasn't scared.

In fact, I was so calm that it's probably not normal to have been as calm as I was.

When I hit the tree and watched both airbags erupt, I briefly wondered if I was going to die, but I, honestly, wasn't the least bit nervous or even uncomfortable.

Two or three hours later, when I'd finally gotten home and was getting ready for bed, that's when it hit me...

I wasn't scared because I was too tired and too frustrated with being tired to be scared.

Even a relatively "easy life" can be somewhat brutal. The routine of going to a boring day job that sucks the life out of you can leave you tired and numb. So numb that you're not even afraid to die. not cool.

That made me realize that an accident can be a wake up call in disguise...

As cliche as it sounds, life is too precious to be wasted.

Everyday there are a million potential stories at our fingertips.

Whether they're stories in my head that deserve to be written or stories in my heart that deserve to be lived, seen, and felt ...the point is they deserve to be.

What I'm trying to say is, you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, so live for the people and the stories that matter the most.

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