3 years ago, I was involved in an accident that would change my life
Often, they say that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and I truly learnt this on that fateful night.
After a series of events I ended up with over 100 stitches and staples across my body, tore all the ligaments that controlled movement in my arm, and was left with scars on my face and littered across my body.
After such a significant & tumultuous event I had plenty of time to reflect…
I didn’t learn the value of life, until I was looking up from a hospital bed facing months of rehabilitation ahead of me.
There was no guarantee that I would even be able to use a pen or type again, let alone shake someone’s hand or ever play sport.
Through this I learnt how delicate life is, how fleeting it can be and how grateful I am for everything.
This period was one of my greatest experiences of renewal and personal growth.
We live within a bubble, especially when we’re younger, trapped with the false notion that we have unlimited time.
We’re in no real rush…
We see other people doing incredible things but often take the easy & safe option.
Just going along with the life that is presented to us, doing what we fall into and wondering why it is that we’re never truly content.
From the moment that I realised how short life could be, I vowed to live a life that I chose every day and not one that I settled for.
During this period of time I realised something –
One day, we are all going to die
For many people, this realisation can scare them – paralysing them into inaction.
However, for me, this was the most liberating knowledge I could have learnt.
I realised that there was a finite time-frame on what I wanted to do.
I was able to honestly look myself into the mirror and assess…
‘If things went differently that night, what would I have wished I’d done?’
‘Could I have used my time more effectively?’
‘What was I most proud of and what was most important to me?’.
When you realise that there is a time limit, it promotes action.
Whether we want to admit it or not, the sand is trickling down the hour glass…
One day the ‘somedays’ will become ‘I wish I did that when I had the chance…’
So many of the squabbles, the disagreements and the small things that we get caught up on are so unimportant.
Did it really matter what those people we barely knew, thought about us?
This accident was the best thing that could’ve happened to me.
Every time we are faced with a situation we are faced with a choice on how to respond.
We can never control the circumstances that life throws at us but we always have the option to decide our mindset and how we react to each challenge.
Having a positive mindset isn’t being happy every day.
It’s knowing that some days are diamonds, and some are not –
Yet you’re able to smile through them all knowing that there are brighter days ahead.
I had the option to be disappointed that once again I’d let myself and everyone around me down, but I decided to use this opportunity to focus inwards and use this as an opportunity for growth.
For so long I’d been content with floating through life… living without a plan or a goal.
I knew I had the potential to make a difference and that I had big dreams, but my actions were not congruent with the person I wanted to become.
This accident gave me the chance to redefine who I was in the worlds eyes but most importantly in my own.
Some people focus on what they’re going through, but now I only think about what I’m going to do.
I’m full of enthusiasm to truly embrace every aspect of life and I’ve learnt to be truly content and grateful for everything I have.
Now, I’m ready to pursue every goal.
My aim is to take more chances and to say yes more often.
Yes to new experiences
Yes to exciting opportunities
Yes to things that might scare me
Yes to situations that are outside of my comfort zone
The world is so beautiful and ever since that day, I’ve viewed every day as a blessing.
In school we’re taught a lesson and then given a test, in life we go through tests and it’s up to us whether we learn lessons from these tests.
For those that want to know what happened to me on that night… all I can say is that God truly gave me a second chance at life and I’m going to make the most of it every single day.
Thank you for reading this with me. It’s such a delicate subject, as I become more comfortable with sharing my story I look forward to exploring it further with you.
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