The Strange Ride Home

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The Strange Ride Home

Traumatic events come in many different ways at many different times of ones life. Mine came on the school bus while I was on my way home from school. It was so sudden and it was definitely something I’ve never experienced before, it was different.

The bus had stopped to let a couple kids off and I stood up to throw some trash away. I stood up and we were rear ended by a young lady who had been trying to get a bee out of the car and not realized the bus had stopped. I was standing up and the impact caused me to bang back and forth into the seat in front and the one behind me. I didn’t realize what had happened until moments later when someone said something. As I began to sit down I felt a sharp pain shoot through my body and my heart started to beat rapidly.

“Is everyone okay?” the bus driver interrogated.

The young lady stepped out of her car and ran inside the bus, “Oh my goodness! I am so sorry I didn’t really mean to hit the back of the bus! I wasn’t paying attention, this is all my fault...” She continued rambling.

“Everyone is fine, we are just shocked,” replied a brave little girl.

The accident made me realize that nothing is for certain and you shouldn’t take anything for granted. I had always viewed riding a school bus has something that wouldn’t put me in danger, after all the drivers are trained professionals, right? What I never considered was the actions of others and how complete strangers can change your life in a bigger and more significant way than some of the people closest to you. I had never really considered dying at a young age because my grandparents lived to be old. After that bus ride home my outlook on life was severely changed and I started to appreciate my parents more an tell them I loved them a lot more often because wasn’t sure if we’d both be around to say it the next time.

The car accident will always be a major moment in my life because of what it showed me. That accident gave me...
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