Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another year older and an awe inspiring encounter.

I originally had today scheduled off.  But then I figured, why do I need the WHOLE day off for my birthday?  So I changed my schedule to request a half day off instead.  But apparently by doing so, I removed my whole day and a coworker's pending request for the day off went through before my "new" request for the half day went through.  So my request was denied.  I talked with my manager about it and he didn't really offer any resolution.  No big deal really, it's just another day.  So I worked today and in retrospect, I'm glad I did.  Because if I hadn't I probably never would've had this encounter that made my birthday extra special.

My job tends to be very serendipitous at times, and today was one of those days.  I don't really believe in "fate" per se, but I do believe that sometimes things simply fall into place perfectly.  Today I met a woman who was in a motorcycle accident 9 years ago that left her with permanent brain damage.  Her life was completely turned upside down after a motorist decided not to check his blind spot before changing lanes - being that I ride a motorcycle myself, I know the harsh reality of how often this happens.  There's a saying that the most dangerous part about riding a motorcycle isn't the bike or the rider, it's the other cars around you.  And this woman's story is proof of that.

Despite her unfortunate circumstances, she has managed to move forward with her life and has even written a book about her experiences before, during, and after the accident.  And it is published!  You can get it here on Amazon.  I'm going to charge my kindle and get the book as soon as I can.

Even though I was only at her place for about 30 minutes, I was truly inspired by this woman and all she has accomplished.  The timing couldn't have been any more perfect given that I just started writing this blog yesterday, and one of my dreams is to have a book published.  When I left her place and got back into my work vehicle, I sat there for a few minutes just trying to sort through all the thoughts in my head.  I was extremely inspired and I feel like this encounter definitely reaffirmed my decision to start this blog.  I started thinking about how grateful I was for everything I have in my life and I actually shed a few tears when I thought about how fortunate I am.  Both my fiancé and I have been in (separate) motorcycle accidents and have come out relatively unscathed.  We are extremely lucky, things could have been a lot worse.

I'm 29 years old today.  And today I contemplated what I've done with my life up to this point.  I think it's really hard to grasp the concept of mortality.  It's really hard to be grateful for what you have.  But then something, or someone comes along and flicks the switch inside your head that gives you the clarity needed to truly comprehend how fragile life is.  And I don't want to waste another minute of it.

It's days like today that really make me love what I do.  Despite the ups and downs that come with this job and this industry in general, I love that I get to meet some of the most interesting and amazing people.  I never know what the day is going to bring, and that is a beautiful thing.

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