Some days seem like they are specifically designed to slow me down or to make me take a different direction against my will.
A fight with my own destiny which forces me into strange situations completely opposite of what I had planned or ever even thought possible.
There is no better example of these kinds of events in my opinion than with a car accident which is extremely ironic by the way that yesterday’s post was a PSA for safe driving. I literally started the post with the words, In my opinion, I am the best driver on the road, hands down. There is no better driver than me. Period.
That is still true by the way, this accident in no way changes that, it does, however, prove my point that everyone else is the problem, not me.
Just like any other day, I was driving my daughter to school, and as we drove down the same boring road that we drive down every single day, a hipster with a stupid hat on t-boned my car.
Just like that, not only is my day going to be completely different now but the next few weeks at the least are also going to be impacted by this annoying and avoidable situation.
I am thankful that my daughter is alright, you need to know that because anytime I post about some situation that didn’t go well, at least one person feels compelled to send me a message letting me know that it could have been much worse.
Obviously. Of course, it could have been worse. You don’t need to tell me because the first things that run through your mind when someone runs into your car are the worst-case scenario.
My daughter was in the car, we were on our way to drop her off at school, when I saw the car in my side-view mirror accelerating when they were about to hit me, I immediately thought about my daughter’s safety.
I pulled the car over, threw it in park, and checked on her before anything else. Her head hit the side of the car and she was visibly upset. I was able to tell that she had hit her head but was unable to figure out how hard and if it was something that required immediate attention or not. I dialed 911 and requested that they send an ambulance to have her checked out.
Thankfully after a checkup from the EMTs, we figured out she was going to be just fine. She was actually going to be better than fine because thanks to the accident she got to see the inside of an Ambulance, tell her friends she was in a car accident, and I kept her home from school where she got to play video games on the computer.
So in her eyes, this altered her day in a positive way, it is interesting to see things from a kid’s perspective. I wonder what she missed at school, I wonder if it will turn out in her favor that she missed her classes today, or could it be that today was an unplanned last-minute gaming party at school?
The hipsters that are apparently too cool for the driving school were alright and so was I, physically anyway. I am really annoyed that someone else’s poor decision/judgment has affected my life. I now have to deal with insurance companies, automotive repair companies, tow companies, drive a loaner vehicle, and who knows what else?
I have gone out of my way for the past 3 years to take the best care of my car possible. I park far away from other cars in parking lots, I keep it clean, and it even still has that new car smell, after 3 years! Then today, within a block from my house, my driver’s side door will not open without opening the back door and then reach around on the inside to open up the back door just to close it again, so my front door will stay closed.
I know I am going to get it fixed but how much work will they actually put into it? They are going to have to fix the doors, that part is obvious but what about the alignment that is probably out of whack now from being jolted across the road? What about the tires that skidded sideways and probably lost a bunch of treads?
Look I know nothing about cars and know even less about car accident protocols but what about when I sell the car someday, will it lose value now that I have to disclose that it has been in an accident?
Pictured above is me and Barney Fife checking out the damage on my car. Although I know little about this process I am pretty certain I understood it better than this guy did. This cop had a deer in the headlights type look anyway, he actually filled out the accident report wrong, using my husband’s information as the driver of my car although my husband wasn’t even there.
This super trooper first graced my presence when he hopped up into the ambulance where I was waiting for my daughter to be examined and he said: “I hope you don’t mind but I helped myself to your glove compartment to get your insurance information”.
What? Hasn’t this guy heard the JayZ song 99 problems that clearly states you need a warrant to do that? My glove wasn’t locked, so maybe he has free reign over my vehicle if I leave it open.
The whole situation made me wonder about all of the seemingly little things that can change everyday outcomes in your life. They are often made up of the smallest insignificant things that you would never think twice about until that one time that your whole life changes.
A red light that you look away from can turn green faster than you expect which can lead to hitting the next light right before it changes, leading to everything taking place a little later or earlier than originally planned.
Turning left rather than right when taking your dog for a walk can completely change the course of your life if you run into your soulmate who just happens to have taken that way to walk their own dog.
A car accident can set your day back an hour or more if you have to replace your now junk car and the next thing you know you don’t have the time to create the awesome DIY project you planned. So instead you go on a crazy rant about some hipster that hit your car as Frank Sinatra says, that’s life.