Yesterday afternoon, a lady was killed 400 meters from my home.
I arrived home after picking up my sons from School. Her car was in the neighbors frontyard, all mangled up. The old Redgum and Jarrah trees in the footpath had mere scratches on them from her car as it had bounced off them. The SES unit was there with a firetruck and the Police. Yesterday, yet another soul was lost on the road.
I didn’t know her, but to me she was:
- Someone’s Mother
- Someone’s Sister
- Someone’s Daughter
Somewhere, hearts would be broken when the news reached them. Sadly, I might have known the bad news before her loved ones…
The Point Of No Return
Last night, I sat on the trampoline in my backyard, looking up at the stars. A full moon lit up the night and it was like every star in the sky had come out to play. My wife was still in Bunbury and would be arriving home any time. Every headlight from a car that went past on the highway could be her. The SES emergency unit was still working away with the wreckage of the mangled car. I could hear their two-way radio crackling away in the night as I helplessly watched them do their thing from a distance.
The thought came to me: What would I do to help this lady and her family get her back? What would I be prepared to do – to sacrifice – to bring her back from The Point Of No Return?
Don’t Go There, Sean
It’s a very tough question. Many emotions come out when confronted with a question like this and most people cannot cope with that question. They are just not prepared to go there… I don’t blame them. I think I could be one of them. It’s a bloody tough question to ask yourself. Would you give away your family home to get a strangers life back? Would you halve your income for 3 months? What would you be prepared to do? I know what her family would have done: Just about anything!
Just to get this lady back from The Point Of No Return…
The Life Lesson
I explained the situation to my sons. I want them to learn from life without the cotton wool. A lady had lost her life close by and I wouldn’t let this go to waste. If at least I could teach my sons a life lesson from this. Their attention was with me as I explained the emotions of losing a loved one – how this lady was only a few years older than me – and that she may have been someone’s Mother, Daughter, Sister or Wife. My sons are sensible kids and care a lot for other people’s feelings. As my son played “Song For Guy” by Elton John on the piano shortly after, I thought that this one was for her. Then he played “Doves Of Peace” and I dedicated the song to her in my mind.
My thoughts are with this lady and her family. Know that, even though she was a total stranger to me, I do care.
Life is fragile. It can be taken away in a snap moment. Take nothing for granted. Love every moment and be grateful. And when grief strikes other people, appreciate the pain they go through. Life does go on, but let’s not get to immune to other people’s grief when they reach the point of no return.
Let me share this final thought with you:
“One day you will see your life flash before your eyes. Make sure it is a life worthwhile watching”
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