I apologize in advance, but this will not be my normally uplifting blog message. Rather it is one that asks you to be responsible and alert when driving. As with many things in life, we can do everything proper and correct and still suffer. This afternoon I've been recalling with sadness and happy memories the loss of a dear relative after reading MUSICLVR2675's blog about losing her good friend, Wes, to a drunk driver. Her blog link is:
Reading of the irresponsible behavior of the driver that caused that crash brought back vivid memories of October 29, 2004. On that night, about 7:45, on a rural road 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, a relative was also killed by a driver who was drunk and alcohol impaired.
Ryan, my relative, was only 19, a straight-A freshman student at Wabash College. He was also an accomplished singer and dancer who had performed at Walt Disney World in Florida and other places. He wanted to be a physician. But he never had the chance to fulfill his dream. Because another person was irresponsible.
In 2007, at the request of a Florida judge, and in honor of Ryan and other victims of careless and reckless drivers, I produced a highway safety video: Marker Memories Part I: A Journey to Understanding. The link to it is:
This was an all-volunteer effort so no one benefits financially if you watch it. The driver talked about in the video's second interview was 16 when he drove 78 in a 45 mph zone, reached for his cell phone on the floor of his truck and rear-ended the car of a 67-year-old woman who was waiting for a red light to change. He knocked her car more than 400 feet past the intersection, killing her. He recently got out of jail and will live with his actions for the rest of his life.
So, while this message is somber, it is also a reflection of the many people whose lives have been turned upside down because of circumstances not under their control.
Kind of puts losing a few pounds in a different perspective, doesn't it?
Please, don't drive stupid. And, when you see a roadside memorial marker showing where someone lost their life in a crash, say a prayer for the family and friends of the deceased.
Please, too, continue to work hard on reaching your fitness goals. But remember that in the big scheme of life, losing weight is not as everlasting as losing a relative or a good friend.