It Would Never Happen To Me

Mystique B

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You see it in the news, you hear it from friends, you hear it from families – do not text and drive. That sentence alone is enough to make your head hurt. After all, it’s not going to happen to you, right? Just because someone texted, drove and got in an accident doesn’t mean you will, right? You’ve done it so many times and not once have you been in an accident. You could say that you were a good multitasker. It was late at night when prom was over and you were the driver for tonight’s ride home. You got in the driver’s seat and everyone took the passenger seats. You drove down the street, chatting while turning up the music in the car. Heads were bopping to the beat while a couple of people sang their heart out. You laughed with glee, your eyes still on the road. Then, a little ping rang from your phone. On instinct, you picked up the phone and opened the notification. It was a text from your mom, asking if you were coming home. You were about to reply until your body lunged forward all of a sudden. Then darkness engulfs your vision. Your eyes are met with a stark white ceiling, hearing distorted voices and constant beeping from a monitor. Then you realized where you are. Here you are sitting in a hospital bed, the heart monitor beeping. You weren’t alone, however, There were other hospital beds with patients lying in them – the patients being your friends. You could hear their cries of pain and saw blood running down their body and head. The doctors and nurses treating their patients one by one before the heart monitors turn flat. You always thought of one thing every time you were told to not get distracted while driving: It would never happen to me. That thought alone was wrong. Here you are in front of an audience, giving a speech and a lesson on driving. You drilled a sentence in every single person’s mind, wishing for them to listen to their peers and families: do not get distracted while driving. You didn’t leave it there; you had more to say. Before you left the stage, you advised, “Do not ever think that someone who has had a car accident due to distracted driving will never happen to you. You will ask why and I will say this: I have once thought of that myself and I was the one to experience that tragedy myself.”