When I was sixteen I was beyond excited to drive. It was the first independence I’ve ever tasted, and I loved every moment of it. And that drive (pun intended) hasn’t gone away. I love road trips, running errands, traveling to visit family… I even enjoy my 50 minute commute to work every day.
And I never once had an accident in ten years. Well, until yesterday.
At 7:30am I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. I had a loud fire truck coming from the right, traffic coming from the left, and an 18 wheeler speeding from the back.
I am fine and my car is still drivable – though it has a very ugly dent in the back. Life did not flash before my eyes, the airbags didn’t go off, and I’m not sore or hurting one bit. And, besides the work that needs to be done on my car, it was actually a pleasant experience.
Let me explain.
A few weeks ago I witnessed a car accident between an older woman and a 30-something year old man. The way these two individuals treated each other was horrifying. One blaming the other for the cause, cursing, making a scene in public… People, where’s the decency? These two were literally about to rip each other’s head right off over a minor fender bender. It made me wonder, “Where is the sympathy?”
My situation was not ideal: I was late for work, the firemen had to call out of the emergency they were heading to, and we caused more traffic because of the lane we took up. However, the people I dealt with were kind-hearted. The truck driver who hit me apologized profusely, and the professionals that helped us made sure we were both alright and didn’t have any further questions regarding the situation. They were calm, collected, and had genuine concern about our safety.
“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.” – Dalai Lama
When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them. So be careful with your words, once they are said they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.