I had a wreck yesterday on the way home from work.
I hit a patch of ice and lost control of the car and as it slid toward the guard rail, I yelled loudly, "Fuck!" and thought of all the things I haven't done.

Lots of people, when faced with the prospect of death, consider their god. Maybe they make a desperate attempt to get right with Jesus or whoever before sliding into the unknown, but I didn't really have any interest in that.

My first thought was of my husband, will he be ok? Then, it was of my book, which I am still revising. Then I had a few more fleeting thoughts about unfinished work and my lifelong companion Bunny, who would be at home as I slammed into the railing...


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Comment by marie on February 5, 2009 at 10:39pm
I'm so glad you're ok! I had an ice-patch-guard-rail moment years ago (when I was still a believer) and even then my only thoughts were of my family and unfinished business. I guess the upside of an unfortunate experience like that is that your priorities are thrown into sharp relief.
Comment by EnsignR on February 5, 2009 at 11:36am
That's fantastic! I get very tired of the late life conversions. As if, "I will say I believe in God so I don't go to hell." No, idiot! You're just saying you believe in ONE god, what about all the others you're excluding in your seemingly enlightened state?
Comment by Leslee Love on February 5, 2009 at 8:36am
I am so glad you are okay. My mother was in a terrible car accident yesterday as well. I can just imagine how scared you guys must have been. She broke her foot and kneecap. Again, I'm glad my TARDIS buddy is well! :)
Comment by Moonbeam on February 5, 2009 at 7:12am
Glad you're OK. Intense dreams afterwards are to be expected, and I concur that you didn't need a dictionary to figure out the meaning of that one.

I've had that same first response (FUCK!) when something like that happens, but I don't think I've often gotten past that. You had time enough to think in that case. I wonder how many theists actually have the same reaction--worrying more about who they are leaving than anything else.
Comment by Clarence Dember on February 5, 2009 at 12:27am
In moving about the end is always near, but as yet unfulfilled.
Glad the NDE was temporary.

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