Let's start this off....with me saying that I've had to learn the hard way. It hasn't been the first accident I have had...but it's the first that involves alcohol. I am very fortunate....
I had a few drinks & shots...and decided to leave the party...as it was slowly dying down. Because I had been drinking, I decided to take a back road (to avoid the cops). The road I decided to take, I had driven numerous times(and knew what to expect).... To give you an idea of how much this was a "back road"...it had been a park reserve road that had been paved years ago. Very narrow, very windy, and very unsafe to be driving at night, especially having alcohol in my blood. The kicker, I had been in the clear...meaning, successfully drove to a major road; when I realized that I had forgotten my jacket. Debating whether or not to turn around, I decided it was worth the extra few minutes, rather driving the next day to pick it up. The scenario:
Along the road, there was an tight "S" turn, and between the curves in the "S" were nicely placed walls. To my right was a 12' inbankment, and to the left was a nice 12' drop into the creek. I had been driving about 25-35 mph when I saw the wall rapidly aproaching; reacting with fast reflexes, I managed to break and avoid the first wall. Because of my acceleration, I was unable to maintain control of the car, and properly make the next turn. I braked, the tires locked, and I slid just about full speed into the second wall (it was raining and the road was slick & covered with leaves). It happened so fast, that I didn't even think to inspect the damage, but instead get out and run about 2 miles barefoot(had muddy feet from the party, no shoes were allowed inside the house, and when going outside, I had stepped in mud). When I reached the house, I immediately called my folks, to have them advise me one what to do. Being that my mom worked in the insurance business, she advised, that I leave the car and have it towed the next morning; being that it was on a back road and rarely driven on. I then had my parents come and pick me up and drive me home.
Today: The car was towed to my house and I could inspect the damage. Like I said earlier, I am very fortunate to be alive. My knees when through(that's right through), the console on both sides of the steering wheel. My head shattered the windshield (its only shattered right above the steering wheel). The front end is pushed 1-2 feet inwards, the doors are now angled out and upward.
I have spoke with my friends today, to find that 6 people they know, have either been killed or paralized from those walls. Me? Not a scratch. No concussion, no nothing. Perfect health. I lived another day, and I wasn't even wearing a seat belt.
From this day forward, I am going to change...I practice martial arts rigorously, and read books upon books about the philosophy of life, and knowledge of self control (Chi & Jing). Yet, I am eager to share this knowledge with others, but lack the responsibility to apply this knowledge to my own life. I am a fool. From this day forward, I am done with my chilish ways, I am facing forward and letting no obsticales stand in my way. Drinking? No, it does nothing for you, and I get high on life without it. Life is too precious and you live but once in this time on earth. I can't say it enough, desicions are simple, it's only a matter of making the right one. I chose wrong. For those of you who are of age, or aren't...I hope that what you've read may give you just a little thought. Don't place your life in the wrong. In a matter of minutes, your life can turn around and set you back.