My lovely friend, Tim, is taking over Small Moments Mondays this week and is sharing a moment that has changed how he approaches each day.
Tim is one of the warmest and most generous people I’ve ever known. He is so incredibly genuine and supportive and is loved by bloggers everywhere. I met him on Twitter and am so delighted to call him my friend.
Thank you for sharing your story, Tim. You are truly an incredible person.
Revelation — by Tim
Just this last Tuesday March 1st, 2011 my dad and I are driving to a local bank. He is driving and I am in the passenger seat.
We get on to the freeway with no problems and are cruising effortlessly as usual when suddenly my dad starts moving toward the left lane to make a lane change.
I have made a habit of looking for cars in blind spots even when I’m in the passenger seat, and as I am doing it, I am shocked to see a car right next to us that we are about to strike. I yell out whooooooaaaaaaaaaaaa or noooooooo or something to that effect and I tense up, preparing for the worst. I must admit that I nearly did not yell as I was shocked that there was a car there.
It didn’t seem real. I don’t think I even have time to muster a single thought besides a quick we’re going to die. I’ve always wondered about the concept of one’s life flashing before their eyes. How would that even occur in a sudden death situation?
Miraculously, my dad instantly recognizes what my scream/yell is all about and guides the wheel back to the right to avoid impending doom.
I am shaken and he admits that only my shout made him realize a car was there.
I have no idea what would have happened had we hit that car but throughout the day I think about every unpleasant scenario.
Would we have been injured or worse?
Would the other driver been injured or worse?
I feel at the 70 Miles per hour that both vehicles had been driving, it likely would have been bad.
After spending the day playing the what if game, I have a revelation.
My dad is still here.
I am still here.
We get a second chance at life and a second chance to make sure that those we love know just how important they are.
No more taking for granted the good things or the small moments that make life wondrous.
The next time I hear the ocean waves crash against the beach I will listen a bit closer, and the next time I hug someone I will hug a little tighter.