While that sounds overly dramatic, it is a miracle that I'm not in a hospital right now.
I was cruising along the death trap known as the Sikorsky Bridge at a comfortable - and respectable - 55mph. I was about 20 feet from an on ramp when a car simply COASTED through the stop sign and onto the highway. Going 20. And not accelerating.
I leaned on the horn and slammed on my brakes...so much so that my brakes were grinding and I was seriously wondering if my car would stop.
By some miracle - and minimal swerving into the left lane of 65-mph traffic - I SOMEHOW managed to A) not hit the IDIOT who pulled out in front of me at a snail's pace, B) not get rear-ended by the truck behind me, and C) avoid getting smashed on my left side by other cars.
Unscathed, I drove home shaking ridiculously, going 40 mph behind the person who almost killed me.
I didn't have one of those 'my life flashed before my eyes' moments (my mind was more like, 'WTF is this person doing???').
But as I drove home at a Granny's speed, I realized that if something HAD happened to me, there were lots of things I would have left this world without doing.
- I've never seen the Grand Canyon.
- I've never sipped wine at a sidewalk cafe in Italy.
- I don't own a pair of Louboutins.
- I haven't lived in my new house or cooked on my new stove!
- I've never tasted caviar.
- I haven't written my novel.
- I haven't won Powerball.
- I'm not back to a comfy size 6.
- I haven't been on The Food Network.
- I'm not a celebrity's BFF.
- I have not reached 100 years old.
Time to make some lists.