Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Seven more lives

I almost died today. And unlike the incident earlier this year, this one really rattled me. I'm still reeling over it. On the way to work this morning, I got stuck behind a fleet of vehicles transporting a double wide mobile home down the two lane highway. Being the speedy driver that I am, I take the risk of passing the double wide in the other lane of oncoming traffic. I thought there was no oncoming traffic, until they came up from the coulee. I couldn't merge right because of the long double wide, so I had to slam on my brakes and veer left into the ditch. Thankfully they didn't veer the same direction as well.

I was surprisingly calm. It wasn't until I pulled into town and heard the repetitive thud of my tires because the rubber was gone from slamming on my brakes that I realized I could be dead right now. Dead because of my foolishness.

So this new "lease" on life has really made me think today. I'm living as if it's my last. Although I'm genuinely not afraid of death, I realize I would live slightly differently if it were just around the corner. Life is too short; I'm glad I have another chance to really reflect on what matters and live life to its fullest all over again.

7 comments:

b said...

Thanks for still being alive. I really mean that.

superpaige said...

Sam! Be careful out there. We need a little Sam in our lives. Love ya!
paige

Zach and Cecily said...

You're beautiful man.

matthew said...

Stop it!!! Get DOWN! Put that cookie DOWN!

julieb said...

geez sam, saftey first, remember. im glad your ok

Lindsay said...

sam. im glad youre still alive!! and that i follow your blog now.. :)

Portia said...

ohhh, that's why you were so cool on the Utah trip. gotcha. :)