The Monday before Thanksgiving Day, I had a really bad car accident. It was my first car accident ever, one of the worst moments I've ever experienced. My car was almost totaled and the car in front of me was totaled, but thankfully neither the driver nor I had serious injuries. Yes, we had some bruises, back and neck pain and, of course, the shock of being in an accident, but we were both alive and safe.
On Friday, I read the news only to realize that just the day before, right on Thanksgiving Day, there was another car accident. Unfortunately, the persons involved didn't have the same luck I had. While I was sharing a Thanksgiving meal with my family and appreciating being given one more chance at life, someone had just lost their life; someone wasn't able to share that day, nor any more days, with their family. But I was.
Just the next day, on Saturday, news of the Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker's car accident was everywhere. Another tragic car accident, another life cut too short; a daughter was left without her father and the world lost not only a rising star, but also a caring human being who wanted to help others less fortunate.
All of these pieces of news revived over and over the moment of my car accident. I thought it was such a coincidence that on the same week I had my accident, I had to read about more accidents too. I thought that was just making it more difficult for me to overcome the experience. But then I realized those news were there to remind me how incredibly lucky and blessed I am; to realize how I must definitely have a guardian angel by my side, watching and protecting my every step.
After being a cancer survivor, I've been given another chance at life, again. I've been thinking, so many people lose their lives everyday and here I am, with another chance at life. God keep sending me these experiences to make me appreciate my life every day even more; He must have a plan with me.
While on the so-called "Black Friday," most people made a priority to buy the most recent tech gadget, or the biggest TV - and they were willing to engage in altercations and violence to get it - others, like me, were just glad to be alive; and others, like the families of those victims, were hurting over the loss of their loved ones. It was such a contradiction to watch how so many people "felt the need" to spend hours in line and even fight with others over material things, right after a day when the whole purpose is to reflect on and give thanks for our blessings. It is incredible how some people can easily prioritize material things over the things that are really important in life. In that moment, most people forgot the same reasons there were thankful for the day before; they forgot they were all human beings, and the important aspect was not the person, but the "thing."