In an instant—everything changed.
One minute I was on the way to visit my mother and the next thing I knew I was in the hospital emergency room.
A distracted driver had driven into my lane and hit me head-on at 60 mph. That was not in my plans for the day.
I spent 7 days in the hospital trauma center with multiple injuries and a lot of pain. Here is what is interesting – I had never felt so content, peaceful, and calm. It’s unexplainable unless you put God in the equation.
During those 7 days I had a lot of time to think about myself and my life. You see, ever since my dad passed away in 2013, I was my mom’s emotional caregiver. I made sure I visited her at least 2, if not 3 times a week, and she lived 90 minutes away. That didn’t leave much time for my business but, more importantly, my passion for the work I did was waning. That didn’t stop me.
When I was taking care of her I still tried to work all the time and, if I was not working, I was thinking about my work. It was ridiculous.
The accident put everything in perspective. Now I couldn’t work. Now I had to take care of myself. It became increasingly clear to me that work is work, things are things, but relationships are everything.
I’d rather be totally present with my mom as she increasingly got weaker and weaker and her mind started to slip away. I loved every minute with her.
There is a lot I learned through this accident and I’m going to share more in upcoming blogs but, for right now, I don’t want an accident to have to happen to you so you realize how important the people in your life are to you. Be present with them, treasure them, and hug the stuffins’ out of them!