Thankful

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…

and ran…

right

into

me.

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.

Many can’t.

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.

Always something to be thankful for

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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16 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. Steph,

    I am so glad that you are okay! So scary to be in a bike accident… It seems like everything is happening in slow motion. I am thankful that you were able to walk away. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    Jess

  2. Glad to hear you are okay and that it didn’t turn out much worse! It’s true – it only takes a split second sometimes and your whole world can change. It’s definitely a good reminder to cherish every moment with those around you. 🙂 I hope you recover fast!

  3. Oh no Stephanie! So happy you’re ok! My roommate in college rode her bike to campus and she got doored once. She was ok, but it shook her up a little bit. You’re very brave to ride your bike in the city! Heal that ankle up and relax.

  4. Oh my gosh!!! That seriously must have been terrifying. I’m so glad you’re okay and that it wasn’t as serious as it could have been.

    I hope you heal quickly and have an amazing Thanksgiving with your friends and family!

  5. Glad that you are okay. I have been one of “those” cyclists too, and yes, my life (or at least the previous two years) flashed before my eyes at that point. But I got up, walked away, and was incredibly sore, but grateful for the next three weeks. Hope that you are able to recover well with no lasting injuries!

  6. Wow, I can’t imagine how scary that must have been. I’m so glad to hear that you weren’t seriously injured, and I hope you’re still able to enjoy the few days that you have with your family!

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