Gaining Perspective

Natalie Komitsky Culture 0 Comments

December 14, 2016 at 8:12 am

There’s nothing like smashing your car to put life in perspective.

I knew when I left yesterday that it was about to snow. But, I’d been stuck at home for several days feeling ill and I was finally back to normal. I wanted to run out for a few essentials. It wouldn’t take long. I had a few hours before the snow would begin to fall.

As predicted, it started snowing around noon while I was in the grocery store. I came out to see giant flakes falling delicately to the ground. It didn’t really cross my mind that this first hour could be deadly.

But then, on the way home, I saw what all the fuss was about. I gently hit the brakes. My car began to slide. Unable to stop, I turned the wheel to the right to avoid hitting the SUV in front of me. I did not expect that the grass would be even more slick, adding to my momentum as my car came to a complete stop with the help of a tree.

The man I swerved to avoid was kind enough to stop and ask if I was okay. He called the police who arrived in a flash. It wasn’t long before the flatbed tow truck arrived. I can still hear the policeman repeating to me “Try to calm down. Everything is going to be okay.” I sat silently as I rode to collision center. The insurance agents and dealer staff were kind and accommodating. I am grateful that at least no one got hurt.

Now comes the choice of perspective. Should I dwell on the trauma and loss, blaming myself for going out when I knew that snow was on the way, or regret that I did not pay attention to the time? Wouldn’t it be better to just be grateful that no one got hurt and focus on being thankful for pleasant manner of these people who had assisted me?

Certainly, it could have been much worse. Thankfully I live in a very walkable neighborhood, close to public transportation and numerous businesses and I will enjoy learning more about the area and dedicate more time to achieving my objectives.

Everything is going to be alright.

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