Roundabout Life Flashes
by Marissa Rubin
At about 10:30 yesterday morning, I rather excitedly hopped on my bike and hit the road. I could explain why I was riding my bike to work, but an explanation might double the length of this post. Anyway, it was fairly warm out and I was pretty much anticipating the gorgeous scenery at a slower pace.
Yesterday morning, I hadn’t even left my neighborhood when something happened that I only imagined happening to Jack Black’s stunt doubles on a movie set. While circling a roundabout at a fairly high speed after coming down a hill, I was hit by a car.
Actually, it was an SUV. I had the right of way, the woman didn’t yield/see me, and I was hit. It’s as simple as that. It all happened so fast (too fast for me to think/do anything), yet everything felt as it was in slow motion. After I was smacked to the pavement, I simply laid there for about a minute straight.
All of the typical occurred. Right before I saw the incident happening, I thought my life was finished. Immediately after I got hit, I saw flashes of random life scenes. Finally, I came to my senses and the poor lady who hit me ran over. I was feeling pretty resilient/embarassed when I saw her and stood right up. I told her I would be fine. I barely felt any pain and had only a few scratches. If I had to guess, she hit me at 20 mph.
To the rescue: Fire truck, paramedics, three police cars.
The damages: My entire body is pretty sore, but that is to be expected. I have a few abrasions and bruises up and down my right side. My back tire/wheel is warped (run over) and my right shoe is torn from the sliding/impact. That’s it. No broken bones, no paralyses, nothing.
What I learned/perspective I gained:
I’m okay with dying. I can honestly say that I don’t fear death after this. I’m not sure I long for it like Paul, but I would have been happy to die. Don’t take this the wrong way. I’m just saying that my faith in my Savior is becoming stronger and as a result, I am beginning to fear/worry less. I trust that He’ll take me when He wants.
Such is life! Life happens. Crappy things in life happen. I know it could have been worse, but even if it was….such is life! I wish I could better relay what I am trying to say. Hakuna Matata. There ya go.
Resilience/Composedness. I don’t want to diminish the intensity of situations, but I am learning these qualities. Though there is room for improvement, I think I handled everything considerably well compared to other minor emergencies in my past. These are crucial. Freaking out does no one any good.
Wear a helmet. I already knew this. Of course, this was the very first time I went helmet-less. …I had a good excuse though. That’s another story.
That’s it. I’m a mess…a total klutz, but God takes care of me.