Yesterday was defined by a single traumatic moment. As Julie and I were driving back from Vermont, snow fell quickly from the sky. The weather seemed to batter and push each car on the road on our route. All of a sudden, we began to spin out at 50 miles per hour.
In that moment, I’m not sure I fully grasped what was happening. We had spun 180 degrees around to the point where we could clearly see the cars behind us, now facing us directly. Julie managed to turn the car back around and gently guide our skid over to the side of the road. Everything happened so fast. I blinked and we were safe, unharmed, and car undamaged.
Logically, I know Julie executed the proper driving technique to bring us to safety. She kept her hands on the wheel, she slowed the car down, and turned into the skid to bring us to safety. Part of me knows it has to be something greater. Whether it was Julie’s grandparents looking out for us, our own destiny keeping us safe, or a combination of something else, it was a small miracle we landed safely considering the conditions.
I thought it was fitting. We quickly understood it wasn’t safe on the shoulder of the freeway and we had to keep moving. Despite our trauma, despite the feelings and adversity, we had to carry on. Things were tense afterward but arrived safely back in Amherst later that night.
This moment on the highway fills me with gratitude. We drove on and passed several cars who were not as lucky as we were. That could have been us, I told myself. I restrained from asking myself what if any further.
Yesterday affirms that I have a purpose greater than what I’ve accomplished in 24 years. This is meant as no disrespect to those who have passed away at young ages and in slightly different circumstances, we may have joined them. What I do know is that I can’t take life for granted. That every day deserves gratitude and I want to share that with as many people as possible. I have the opportunity to spread positivity, to give myself in service to others, and inspire people to make a difference.
Now more than ever, I know this to be true.
Today I’m Grateful For…
- My family
- Shared laughter
- Time at the gym
- A lifetime of learning
- Clean water
- New music and something to dance to
- A couple deep breaths
- The morning sunrise of a new day
- My own bed
- Cooking dinner together
- A hot shower to clear the mind
- Finding new places
- Time to get organized and prepared for the week ahead
- A little understanding
- Roadside burgers
- Walks through campus
- Sharing gratitude to process
- A helping hand
- An opportunity to look back and reflect in my journal
- Patient reactions
- A good book
- Teachers, mentors, and coaches
- A weekend away
- My continued education
- The here and now
As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.
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Featured image of Julie at the famous red covered bridge in Vermont