Posts Tagged ‘accident’

16th October
2009
written by Sean Noble

This last weekend it felt like 17 again.

That is, I drove south on I-17 past the location of my July 4th rollover.  It was the first time since the accident, in which I lost my spleen, that I had driven that stretch of road, and there was a surreal feeling driving by.  It was night (not as late) and it wasn’t raining – and I made sure I was steering with my knee.

You see, I get a bad rap about not driving with both (or either) hands on the wheel and on the night of my accident my hands were at 10 and 2, just like they’ve taught me in the multiple driving school courses I have been compelled to attend. So, rather than jinx myself, I figured I’d drive the way I usually do and NOT roll my car.  Hey, it worked!

Now if I could figure out how to look like Zac Efron…

25th July
2009
written by Sean Noble

Today is my birthday. 

Exactly three weeks ago I had a fleeting thought that I wouldn’t see my 39th birthday when my car rolled and I was rushed into emergency surgery for a lacerated spleen and internal bleeding. 

It puts a whole new perspective on birthdays.  Up to now they’ve generally been seen as just another year with many more to come.  As I sit here, I reflect that now each birthday I will be grateful for making it this far.

I’m not a fatalist, nor am I much of a worrier of death.  I never get skittish when I’m flying – even when there is really bad turbulence – and I never even think about that kind of stuff when I’m driving.

Looking back on my accident, I realize how easy it would have been to be killed in an instant – no warning.  I didn’t think much about turning 39 before three weeks ago.  Now I’m really happy I made it.  Maybe that’s the true meaning of “Happy Birthday.”