It Could Happen To Any Of Us At Anytime
My best friend and I talk almost every day, at the very least every other day. I have to admit we don’t always have something “important” to say, but we have been friends for almost 25 years so I guess you don’t need to justify the call with a reason. So, when I called her two days in a row and she didn’t call me back, I knew something was wrong; she would have at least texted me that she was busy.
When we finally spoke she told me that she had been in a pretty serious car accident two days prior. She was driving and her 15 year old daughter was in the front passenger seat. She was making a left hand turn at the green light and someone who was not paying attention ran the red light and hit her car in the passenger side where her daughter was sitting. They thankfully are both fine, some bumps and bruises and certainly some sleep less nights will be part of their future.
She was able to get out of the car, but her daughter was pinned in the car and having trouble breathing. I asked her if anyone helped her out of the car and she said she was not going anywhere until her daughter was out of the car. It took the paramedics 30 minutes to get her daughter out.
At first I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t one of the first people she would have called. I mean, this was a big deal and we have called each other for such trivial things in the past. After she explained further the details of the car accident, I understood why. She was struggling with her own mortality and leaving her children behind. How could she share those feelings with anyone when she was struggling to process it on her own?
The worst part of the accident she told me was being so helpless and having to watch as the paramedics struggled to remove her daughter from the car.
My reason for sharing this story is to remind us all that none of us know our own destiny. We cannot predict the future and at any time, something could happen to us. It doesn’t always depend on age, how careful we are or how healthy we are. There are always things that are out of our control…to some degree.
Get your Will or Trust and nomination of guardians for your minor children and advanced directives in place TODAY! Tomorrow may be too late!