Every now and then we all need a reality check. We get caught up in the little stuff and we tend to forget what really matters. We go about our days and wait for the clock to strike 5pm to be off of work. We get used to the mundane and we tend to become desensitized in the saddest form. On occasion we really lose who we are. Most of the time we don’t even realize it has happened. Then, one moment changes everything and takes you back to your center and re-prioritizes your life. That moment for me was Saturday morning.
This past weekend I traveled to Southern California to celebrate my sweet nephews 1st birthday with friends and family. I had been looking forward to this weekend for months, okay since the day he was born and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Shane is at such a fun stage right now, he has the cutest personality and definitely knows what he wants. He will make sure you know what he wants too without even saying a word. It’s all in the hand motions and the grunting sounds he makes when he needs to go touch something. It’s quite comical. My sister put together this adorable Red, White and Blue party because he is OBSESSED with the American flag. We are a very patriotic family so it works out perfectly. We are so proud!
Saturday before the party we were all rushing around to get ready for the guests to arrive and we knew that the little man would freak out and not take a nap as soon as the balloons arrived. So we decided that I would take him for a drive so everyone could finish getting ready and he could sleep and be completely rejuvenated before his party started. Just me and him. He was fast asleep before I even pulled off their street. I drove around for a while and was finally on my way home when IT happened.
I was less than a 1/4 of a mile away from their house when I heard the most horrific sound from outside my sisters truck. I turned my head to see the car that was about 3 feet from my back left tire go slamming into oncoming traffic. I heard the screeching of the tires and saw smoke fill the air, I came to a stop just in time to turn my head again and see a car ROLLING OVER across the opposite lanes and come to a rest against a telephone pole. All I could think about was Shane. I turned around to thankfully see him fast asleep. The loud, terrifying noises didn’t seem to phase him. I called 911 immediately and told the dispatcher what had happened. I couldn’t see anyone getting out of the car. What felt like minutes later firetrucks and policemen arrived. I called my dad to tell him what had happened and how close it was to me and he rushed down the street to meet me. I barely got the words, “Shane and I are fine but I just witnessed a BAD accident,” out of my mouth before I broke down balling. I was beyond shook up. I was shaking like a leaf and could not compose myself for several moments. Thankfully they got the person out and he seemed to be fine.
For the rest of the day I questioned how Shane and I got so lucky. Had I stayed at one stop light for 3 seconds longer I could have been in the middle of that accident. Had I not left exactly when I did he and I could have been needing to be tended to by paramedics. All I could do was thank God that Shane was okay and that God kept us safe. The party was a great event and my sister did a wonderful job planning it, but the whole time all I could do was feel beyond humbled that we were able to be there.
Talk about a reality check. Most days we go about our business and never stop and think that today may be all we have. We have no idea what will happen tomorrow, an hour from now or 5 seconds from now. Moral of the story, live your life with no regrets. If you have something to say to someone, say it. If you need to tell someone you love them, tell them. If you need to apologize, do it. Don’t wait one more second to do something that you need to do, just do it. I am beyond grateful that Saturday did not turn out differently. This whole experience was a very humbling one.
Side note: I have no idea why the car went into oncoming traffic so unexpectedly but I pray that it was not related to a cell phone. Please Please PLEASE think twice before texting and driving. It can only end badly. Hope you all have a great night and take these words to heart. This whole experience changed me and I know it was for the best.