A funny thing happened on my bike ride home from work last night.
And by funny, I mean not funny at all.
I was near the end of my ride, down to the last 1 mile stretch of my quick 5 mile ride home, when a pizza delivery car pulled out of a parking lot…
As I realized he wasn’t stopping, and it was too late to stop myself, I yelled in a feeble attempt to alert him, while also swerving away.
I knew it was coming though, and felt that thud of the car against my back tire. I let out a rather loud F-bomb as I was knocked to the ground, landing with my ankle pinned under my bike, which was pinned under his car.
And just like that, I was one of “those” cyclists. Those with stories of getting hit, of getting doored, or otherwise having run-ins with motorists.
Luckily, I was also one of those cyclists who could get up and walk away from such an accident.
I’m a little banged up with some scrapes in various places. My back doesn’t feel too hot and my ankle is throbbing, and DAMN IT I was supposed to run stadiums this morning.
But I’m Thankful.
Thankful that my body is strong enough to get up and walk away from this accident.
Thankful that I was wearing my helmet (ALWAYS wear a helmet), because even though I didn’t hit my head this time, it could be the difference between life and death.
Thankful that there were a couple of very nice motorists who stopped to make sure that I was ok, and to ask if I needed a ride (there are good people out there!)
Thankful that Will was able to come quickly to pick me up, because my bike wasn’t wheeling anywhere, and my ankle didn’t want to walk anywhere.
Thankful that I could talk to my mom right after it happened. Mom’s make everything better, don’t they?
I really believe things like this happen for a reason. I know that I’ll be spending time over the next few days with friends, family, and loved ones, and I’ll truly appreciate and savor every minute of it. Not to be dramatic, but you really never know when something will happen and you wont be able to cherish these moments anymore.
The moment my bike was hit, there was a split second where I thought he wasn’t going to stop, and I was going to end up under his car along with my bike. Thankfully, that didn’t happen, but it certainly made me think.
Whether you’ll be with friends, family or by yourself over this Thanksgiving holiday, take time to appreciate and savor the moments you have. Let people know that you love them, and don’t take any of it for granted.
None of us are unbreakable, we are all vulnerable to what life throws at us.
No matter what, over the next few days and beyond, take time to enjoy, appreciate, savor, love, cherish, and celebrate your life and those around you.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!