Flying the course of #challengewanaka . Feeling very blessed, thankful, happy and glad about what just happened this weekend. 17.2. is always a special day for me, but that birthday smashed any other celebration before that.
Saturday marked 5 years since my accident. I spent the weekend pondering. When looking back, it’s easy to get stuck on the heartbreaks and body aches, the loss and brokenness. This year I looked back and remembered the good. My heart is so full! I vividly remember driving along state road that day and stopping behind the sweet elderly man waiting to turn left. I remember looking in my rear view mirror and seeing the woman behind me get closer without slowing down. The sound of my window smashing in as she drove into my car plays through my head. I remember the look in her eyes as she looked up, bloodied and upset. I remember cracking jokes with the paramedics as they took me away in the ambulance. I was only days into my new adventure in Ohio and I had no idea just how drastically my life was changing. As we drove away, I didn't know that soon I would become more accustomed to the fluorescent lights of a doctors office than stage lights and that I would be taking my final bow earlier than I anticipated. I didn't know that I would be experiencing the anxiety of the curtain opening around my hospital bed under concerned eyes of doctors rather than excitedly seeing the stage hands open the curtain to reveal an audience full of wonder. Looking back, I see many broken relationships, lost experiences and incredible pain. I see more beauty than anything though! I see how wonderful it was to be able to form those relationships in the first place and how incredible it was to be able to have so many amazing experiences to miss doing. My life has been so full of love and opportunities and I am truly in awe reflecting on the way things have worked out. If you are reading this, then you are part of my journey. Thank you! It has been the people I have encountered over these last five years that have made my heart so full and reminded me of the truth, beauty, and goodness in the world. I have lost much, but I have gained more. I have gained friendships, love, lessons,
Going through the pics on my phone and I come across this gem right here. Last year, around the end of January, my car got hit while parked outside my mom's house in SC. Never found the person who did it. # Summerville #southcarolina#hitandrun#accident
While today has brought good news to me, it has brought terrible news to the family's of my brothers. There was an incident today on a jobsite, and a man did not make it home. I'm unsure of his condition, but I know if he is alive, he is struggling, and holding on by a thread. I also got word that our sister company lost a brother as well, he will never be returning home. I don't personally know either man, but I still consider both of them my brothers. Even as I write this, I'm tearing up over these losses. These men will never have their names and faces on the news, they will never be household names like the Kardashians or the Hiltons, but they are much more valuable to our country than throwaway celebrities. I urge anyone who reads this, and happens to be "white collar," to think and realize just how important the blue collar is to you. Your life, and every other Americans lives depend on the Blue Collar. Men and women who put their health, sanity, and even lives on the line, because it's what we were asked to do. These men and women give it their all. Why? Because it's their job, and the rest of the country depends on them. Do not think of us as "uneducated," "too stupid to get a real job," or "unable to assimilate." We are just as smart and sociable as you, we've just chosen a different path. Please keep these men, and my other brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to support the working class. . . #bluecollar#backthebluecollar#bluecollarlife#brotherhood#sisterhood#loss#accident#tragedy#work#rant#thoughtsandprayers