Last weekend I took a small vacation with my family and some family friends out to Little Sahara State Park to do some camping and ATV riding out on the random and moderately vast sandy desert for which the park gets its name where had myself a near death experience. Now, to preface this story that will lead into today’s subject I should tell you that I am very accident prone and have had many ATV accidents in my youth.
The first day we decided to take a night ride. My Dad’s friends are very experienced and led the way. About twenty minutes into our ride my brother’s ATV had a issue with the tire coming off of the wheel. Yeah, that can happen. Everyone was so focused on getting his ATV back to camp that when I got stuck at the top of a dune they didn’t notice and left me behind, alone, and in the dark. I got myself unstuck and gunned it in the direction I last saw them. This blind dash caused me not to see that I was coming up on the top of a more than 40 foot dune that had a pitch of about 40 degrees. My two left tires caught the edge and my ATV went sliding down the dune out of my control. The slide quickly turned into a barrel roll and ended with my body and head slamming into a tree at the bottom. I was dazed and pinned between the ATV and the tree, alone, in the dark, and miles from camp.
Adrenaline kicked in and I pulled myself out and climbed to the top of the dune and looked out at the dark expanse that was Little Sahara at night. There were no other riders for miles. All I could see were the faint lights of some other night riders too far off to notice me. I thought I was screwed, but soon three strangers found me and helped me out. I made it back to camp and that’s when the reality kicked in. I was extremely lucky and only suffered minor scrapes and bruises and a slight rattling of the brain. The situation could have been much worse and it got me thinking about living your life to the fullest because that night could have easily been my last.
I apologize for the lengthy story leading into the meat of this blog, but it was important for you to understand my mindset. We go through life always putting things off and always keeping things in that we need to say or do, but for whatever reason we don’t. This may be expressing your true feelings for someone, taking a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, starting a business, or making something you’ve had in your mind for a long time. I encourage you to say it, do it, live it. I was extremely lucky. Others who have crashed out at Little Sahara have been seriously injured and others have died doing just what I did. I got to live another day to do all the things I want to do and to say all the things to the people I care about that I want to say.
It’s not just what you’ve been putting off either. If you died today someone you know may have wanted to tell you something, but they’ll never get the chance to. Share this blog with everyone you know and encourage them to start living for now and stop putting things off for tomorrow. Being open and honest about what you feel and what you want or what you want to do is scary, but living a life of regret having not said or done the things you wanted is even worse. Don’t put off for tomorrow what should be done today.