Facing Fear (8): Witnessing an Accident

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Facing this fear happened a few days ago, but I've been thinking about it a lot so I'll be counting it as yesterday's fear for my personal challenge of doing something that scares me every day.

I live in a neighborhood (Palolo for the Hawaii Sparkers!) with overhead power lines that bisect the street. As I was driving home the other day, I noticed a cable come loose, swing toward the ground, and clothesline the neck of a girl riding a moped directly in front of my car. It pulled her off of her moped. She went one way and the moped went the other. Fortunately, I and the other cars behind me were driving slowly enough to avoid hitting her or each other. Several of us pulled over to make sure the girl was OK. Fortunately, she was alright. She was wearing a helmet, she didn't break any bones in her fall, and the cable was for television and not electric power so she wasn't electrocuted.

She was so fortunate to escape disaster! I feel fortunate, too. I'm sure witnessing a tragedy would have marred me.

My take home message was that life can be random and unpredictable! I would never have thought to worry about falling cables before - and I can't worry about them now! We need to savor every moment of life because it's fragile and precious. It's MUCH too short to waste time being anything less than the best we can be!
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    Yeah... back when I was an ER nurse I was always shocked at some of the things that people had happen to them.. things you would never have thought to worry about !!
    But... I agree with you...life is too short to worry about that over which we have no control.. !! Life is there to be enjoyed...
    3472 days ago
    That's crazy! I am so glad every one is ok!
    3472 days ago
    3472 days ago
    Wow that's crazy!
    3472 days ago
    How scary! I am glad she is okay too. Life is very precious, we need to enjoy every moment.
    3473 days ago
    OMG - I would never have even thought of that as a possibility until reading your blog! WOW!
    Glad she was okay - how amazingly random and scary to have her around the neck like that. Thank goodness no one was speeding or impatient that night, too!
    Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    3473 days ago
    I live in Georgia and is not uncommon during severe thunderstorms to have large trees fall over. Many homes and cars have been destroyed and people have been killed. We recently had a HUGE tree fall across our driveway. It scared the heck out of me. However, like you, I realized that I can't go around being afraid of a tree falling on me everytime the wind blows. I have also witnessed a very serious car accident. As a nurse I went to help until the ambulance arrived. I don't now if the driver survived or not, it was bad. But, that can't keep me from driving! Fear to me is just a waste of time. Good for you for facing yours!!!!
    Keep up the good work!
    3473 days ago
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