A Belief of Mine
There is good that comes out of every experience even bad ones. It is important in life to have a positive attitude. Instead of letting things bring you down think how has this made me better, or helped me improve certain aspects of my life. Some questions to keep in mind are what was my life lacking that this situation has showed me? What was the lesson to be learned? A positive attitude will make you feel better and make you more enjoyable to be around. It will also allow you to enjoy every day to the fullest.
Two years ago the night of March 16, 2007 to be exact. I was traveling west bound on route 137 in Brewster on my way home. It was a very cold night. Visibility was low and it was freezing rain. I was happy as can be smiling and listening to music in such a great mood, when all of a sudden I was struck head on. I didn’t even see it coming. The young woman driving the other vehicle was speeding, lost control, and came into my lane sideways. Her lights were shining into the woods, the car was black, and she was coming around a corner. So I had no warning to brace myself, because before I saw anything I was abruptly stopped and pushed off the road. My first initial reaction was anger, and then scared. I just remember looking out my window and watching the other woman pull her toddler out of the back seat. I immediately jumped out of my truck horrified. I was so nervous that something was wrong with her poor child. I remember she wasn’t even crying.
Because of how awful the cops were and how horrified I was I refused medical treatment. Although following morning upon waking I felt as if I was hit by a train. So I went to the hospital. After numerous tests I was told I had a bulged disc between c5 and c6, contusions on my chest, and a lot of muscle damage.
Since the accident I have learned you can’t always trust doctors to lead you in the right direction because the pretty penny is on their mind, so don’t let them or anyone else bully you. I also learned about my body as a whole, and how an injury in my neck does not only affect my neck but the pain is dispersed into other areas. You must take care of yourself; I do neck exercises every night, take supplements, and have a better diet, because if your body is missing something it might prolong the healing process even more. Most importantly I learned not to take life for granted because I am lucky to have survived the accident. Enjoy every moment as if it were your last.
I believe that tough situations make you stronger as a person. I am who I am today because of what life has dealt me. If you live in a bubble you will never learn life’s lessons. Now because of the challenging situations I have been through I know exactly what I want and who I want to be, which may take some a life time to learn.
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