What Could Have Been…
I sat in the driver’s seat, going 75 down the highway, rain violently hitting the windshield. The sun had drifted back behind the mountains and I could no longer see the road in front of me. I was going well over the speed limit of 50, when I felt my phone vibrate. I reached down to grab it and lost all control. That was the last thing I ever did. I sat in the driver’s seat, going 45 down the highway, rain violently hitting the windshield. The sun had drifted back behind the mountains and the road in front of me was dimly lit by my headlights. I was driving at a speed that was reasonable and safe for the environment around me. I felt my phone vibrate, but realized I was almost home. It could wait. Once safely home, I grabbed my phone and saw my friend had sent me a picture. No picture could ever be worth my life.
To write this short piece, I thought about all of the stories I have heard of people who have jeopardized their lives by making small mistakes. I know so many people who text while they are driving, while also going well above the speed limit and not paying attention to anything. I am always very aware of everything and honestly cannot see why people could put themselves and others in danger just for a picture or a text. I wanted to demonstrate how one second can change one life so drastically.