When I look back on my life, the years have wisped by like the last bit of green light of the sun as it slips over the horizon...the ever so famous Green Flash. If you look away even for an instant or blink an eye, you will miss it. People claim they see it while others mock pessimistically that it is make believe. I am one of those that have seen it.
In the same way, my life seems to have been but a glimpse and I do not doubt for a second that tomorrow…and the ensuing years…will pass quickly just the same. Assuming we make it there, tomorrow will come and go swiftly so I am going to make damn sure that I enjoy this playground of ours TODAY!
In September of 2001, while riding my motorcycle, a white car quickly swept in front of me. I remember my face smashing into its side. Inertia buckled my bones and sent me skidding along the pavement. My limp body grotesquely grated to a stop broken and maimed. As I lay powerless in the street, cold crept up my arms as massive amounts of my crimson life-giving fluid flowed onto the warm summer asphalt. There, in the street, Death held a calm conversation with me. I knew I was dying.
In that moment the fight began. I was not ready to die. Mangled rib bones shearing through my lungs left my breaths shallow and paltry. I couldn’t move. All I thought was “Keep your eyes open! Whatever you do, DO NOT close your eyes!” That’s when the virile beast in me awoke. The struggle of keeping my eyes open took every last ounce of will I had. I stared Death in the face and he slithered away from me with a smirk that said ‘If not now, I will still see you soon…”
There were paramedics tending to me literally in seconds. They were eating tacos across the street. Go figure. They saved me.
So here i am...just lucky to be alive.