Post # 1
You know how sometimes things happen that just make you re-think what’s important? It doesn’t have to be something huge, just something that reminds you what you have to be thankful for? It happened to me today on the way home from my exam. I was driving down the busiest 6 lane highway and there was a car turning left. It had to cross 3 lanes of traffic, and when it got to the 3rd, there was an SUV that couldn’t stop and it slammed into the driver’s door. Smack in the middle of the driver’s door. I couldn’t stop because I couldn’t get over but thankfully someone else did. It’s like..that person was driving along enjoying their day and all of the sudden, they have no car, they’re in debt and probably injured. We take our cars and transportation for granted every day and we don’t respect them enough when we drive, at least I don’t think so. I just needed to let that out somewhere…
Post # 3
@MrsCoachBtoBee: I agree. People also don’t respect other people when driving. I don’t know what it is (I think another rude driver), but something clicked with me recently that I don’t need to be in such a hurry all the time. I can wait for a car to turn, I don’t need to whip around it to pass them…it won’t kill me to just brake for a moment and then continue…!
I find I’m a lot happier and satisfied with my life when I take the time to think about others the way you did..and be more patient and kind. You sound like a very thoughtful person. 🙂 🙂
Post # 4
Oooooooo my gosh, I hate witnessing accidents. It’s the scariest thing ever besides actually being in one because you see every little detail. At least I blacked out and blissfully missed most of what happened when I was in one; as an observer you don’t have that luxury. It really does make you re-evaluate, though!
Post # 5
A friend of FI’s was killed in a hit and run almost two weeks ago. He was biking home and a guy slammed into him going 50 mph, didn’t even slow down. He was literally knocked out of his shoes and died in the hospital the next day. He was only 24.
It really tore me up, and I keep thinking about all the people affected, seeing his sister crying, thinking of his parents taking his body home to bury, all so some a**hole could get home faster or save $20 on a cab while drunk or send an unimportant text.
I wish people would think more about how dangerous cars can be.
Post # 6
@MrsCoachBtoBee: i went through this easter weekend – my dad’s brother was in the hospital and on a ventilator and my dad drove to MD to be with him when they took him off – with both my grandparents dead and his other brother who he hasnt spoken too since my grandfathers death almost 10 years ago it really got me thinking about family…. i wasnt very close with my uncle, i hadnt seen him in years but was overcome with sadness and the realization of how important my family is to me – i happened to be at my inlaws when i got the news that he passed and i had to excuse myself – i sat outside on their porch for a good 45 minutes thinking about life and my family, my husbands family, our future family. it made me realize that my parents are getting older everyday and i take for granted the fact that they live 15 minutes from me. i need to spend more time with my family and im lucky we are all healthy.
Post # 7
@musthavedietcoke: I completely agree about not being in a hurry! And thank you. 🙂 I LOVE your name and avatar!
@Amaryllis: Oh wow! I’ve had one because a guy had his car stopped in the middle of the road at 5pm on a weekday and was drinking beer and I couldn’t stop so I hit him. Now i stay waaaaaay back from people lol.
@MissIntent: That is horrible, and one reason I put this up. Maybe people will pass it along.
Post # 8
Things like this really do make you stop and think. My son, 16 and with his license for only a month, got into an accident this winter. He tried to take an exit too fast, and went off the side of the road. Luckily no one was injured, and the only damage was to my car, and was minor. Scared me to death!! When we got there someone had already pulled over and was helping him change the tire and gave his girlfriend a sweater to put on (teenagers never seem to wear approprite clothes for the weather). It really made me think about how much I love him, obviously, but also so thankful for the acts of kindness from perfect strangers. It completely reignited my belief in people, and has made me act more kindly towards others.
Post # 9
@MissIntent: God, I’m so sorry. How horrendous. I hope the driver was arrested.
Post # 10
@mightywombat: Driver is completely unknown. All they have is that it was a dark colored SUV. We are theorizing that the driver was drunk or texting, but who knows. I hope this haunts that driver for the rest of their miserable life.
Post # 11
The other day i was at a tim hortons drive thru. I was waiting in line when a homeless person came up and started digging through the trash can next to my car looking for cans. It made me feel sorry for him and thankful i have a good job, roof over my head, a vehicle to drive and a family who loves and supports me to never let me end up in a situation like that. It just makes me wonder what happened to him to end up like that? Where is the woman who carried him for 9 months and possibly raised him? It’s just so sad.
Post # 12
@MissIntent: Karma will take care of that person, I firmly believe that. So sorry for your loss.
@totheislnds: Sorry for your loss. You make an excellent point about the shortness and unsurity of life, and making sure your loved ones know you love them and you share as much with them as you can.
Post # 13
@MrsCoachBtoBee: It’s also a good reason to be an educated driver/biker. FH had no idea how to deal with winter driving because he learned to drive in San Antonio where it rarely snows but then was too stubborn to let me drive when we had to drive through snow fall this winter. In the ended he totaled his truck and we had to take out a small loan to pay for a new car. First storm next year I’m driving us to an empty church parking lot and he’s learning how to deal with spinning out on snow. That’s how most people learned back home and I’m a much more confident driver in foul weather, but also educated in what could happen.
A father of my brother’s friend was hit by a semi on his bike the other week, and because he didn’t have an ID on him they couldn’t identify him until almost 12 hours after he died. My mom was pretty shaken up as he did what she sometimes does in forgetting to stop at the bottom of a long, steep hill in town because of how infrequent the bisecting road is used.