Today’s blog post is kind of an odd one for me I suppose. The story of what happened today rocked me to my core and I just had to share to it.
Today is just a normal day like any other day, but today I had a particularly close call while driving down a country highway. There was a bit of a fog, when I left home this morning, so visibility was definitely limited. I didn’t feel unsafe though. Heck, this wasn’t a big deal. What’s a little fog? I’ve driven in much much worse conditions and didn’t give it so much as a second thought.
There I was all fat and happy with not a care in the world listening to some radio talk show host beat up on the politician du jour and then all of the sudden from a side road, a little ol lady pulled out in front of me. I had to take to the gravel shoulder to keep from slamming into her. In doing so, I came within two feet of hitting a bridge rail that would have absolutely a) flipped my truck and b) put me in the middle of the river below. It would have been ugly.
She and I would have both been in a bad way had we collided too. I feel pretty confident it could have been a fatal crash for one or both of us if we had hit, no doubt.
I was pretty shaken to say the least. Ahhh… heck… who am I kidding? I was pissed off beyond words to be honest! Scared yes. But more upset with the stupid antics of that woman.
Then it really hit me. My life was in that old woman’s hand. There in that instant she could have ended my life in a blink of an eye. What effect would this have had on those close to me? This lapse in judgement, on the part of that old woman, could have changed a lot of things and a lot of lives.
I sat there for a minute and just collected my thoughts. I was fuming and then I started to shake. I shook for something like four or five minutes. It was surreal. What was going on? I had been in close calls before. Why such a reaction to this stupid driver?
I guess what hit me the most was that my life was indeed in someone else’s hands. That thought kept running through my head. How many times, each and every day, do we drive down the road and put our life in the hands of the oncoming driver, etc?
WOW! It was sort of overwhelming.
Then the next bit of this odd day happened. I get to my office and setup my computer and turn on my music playlist. The first random song that started to play was “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro (recorded way back in 1968!). What are the chances? If you don’t know that song… I put it at the bottom of this post. Give it a listen!
I had to call my wife and tell her how much I love her! I just had to. I encourage you to tell your spouse and those you love how much they mean to you. Do it everyday! In just a blink of eye, you or they could be gone forever! Do it before some careless driver shatters your world and the world of those you love and who love you.
I LOVE YOU RANAE! You are without a doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me. God has surely blessed me more than he has blessed any other man on the planet!