The day started as an ordinary day. The difference is today, I begin to understand what it means to have been taking life for granted. Hope you don’t.
I could have died today. What began as a most ordinary day left me thinking how little I pay attention to life. I started out this morning for a business meeting just some ten kilometres away from office. I was driving and chatting with a colleague seated at the passenger seat.
As we drove through the morning rush hour traffic, we discuss work-related matters in preparation for the meeting with the customers. Then I drove towards a slip road that leads onto the highway. I noticed several cars were stationary before us, and naturally applied the brakes. The car in front is easily more than ten metres away. Suddenly, we heard a loud thud and a small jerk to the car. Nothing spectacular, just a thud. It seems like something outside the car has fallen. I glanced at the rear-view mirror and chanced upon the image of a man falling to the right and that image disppeared. It was a motor-cyclist. The next thing I see are huge trucks heading my direction.
It is fortunate that the truck drivers are alert and they too slowed down and avoided the motor-cyclist and my car. I went out of the car and attended to the motor-cyclist. He was in a daze and his right hand and leg were bruised, but beyond that he seemed to be alright. My colleague and I helped to move him to the side of the road. He kept apologizing to us saying he saw my rear brake lights light up, but he did not understand why he decided to check his blind spot, lost focus, and ended up hitting on the rear of my car.
“What a reckless rider!!” was my first thought. I ought to feel angry at his inconsiderate riding but I couldn’t, seeing that he was bruised. My car was only slighted dented, and I did not have the heart to ask him for compensation. Several parts (like his side mirrors and a storage case) on his motorcycle had either dropped off or broke in the process, and I did not feel right to add to his financial burden. After checking he is able to handle himself, I remembered we have an meeting obligation to attend to and parted. (I do now hope he is alright.)
Meanwhile, the traffic before me had cleared. Why it was there in the first place I will never know. My colleague and I continued on our journey, and it almost continued as another ordinary day. As I drove off, I could only thank God that it was only a motorcycle that hit onto me. Had it been any of those trucks, this might be the article that never gets published, that you will never see.
What if I died? I mean … really died. On the bright side, I could feel comforted that all my insurance premiums did not amount to nothing and the family might have something to live on for a short while, but really, am I ready to go? What will become of the family after the pay-out have been used up? So many thoughts keep flooding into my head even though it is an incident more than an accident.
I was driving down the road
For a meeting not too far away
The traffic before me made me stop
The accident happened and spoilt my day
Fortunately it was just a motor bike
And not the trucks that came behind
The outcome would have been much worse
I thank God that He had been kind
Now thoughts are going through my mind
Questions keep flushing through my head
What if I really died today?
What if, yes, what if I am dead?
(C) copyright 2011. sgkeat
What if I died? Right now, I am still thinking about it. Have you thought about “What if you died?”. Treasure each day, my friend. What are your thoughts? Please share with me.
Here are some of my other articles:
- Fun with Advertising Slogans (part 1)
- Fun with Advertising Slogans (part 2)
- Fun with Advertising Slogans (part 3)