There were no cops, no guns, and no dramatic screaming other than my thoughts wishing I could have told the reckless nonchalant bicycler how he was given another day to his life.
Maybe he would feel moved that he had purpose.... to be handed ..... more time.
I'm driving to work down a beach street. I have an inspiring podcast playing , a ritual I do to keep my mind on focus and stress to a miniman and prepare for my difficult days.
There's a bicyclist in the auto lane next to me, slightly ahead.
I suspect I naturally go on alert anytime I see a bicycle, unicycle, skateboard, rollerblade, and all the other moving toys my city is surrounded by.
Had I sneezed, causing me to blink a tad longer, or glanced at my speed, or looked to the right at the ocean, this story would have turned out different.
The bicyclist suddenly turned to the left directly in front of my vehicle. He didn't look back once. only ahead at oncoming traffic in the next lanes.
I always think back at choices we make in emergencies and wonder where the instincts come from, I mean it's not like we have practice drills to prepair like we did in school for the tornaido drills.
I did 3 moves simutaniously. I locked the brakes, put my hand to the horn, and looked in the rear-view mirror to see whom if anyone might be now about to rear-end me. However something kept me from landing the horn.
I think my car actually touched his clothing, or it sure seemed like it did.
He continued on crossing in the opening of oncoming traffic. Never one moment seeing me or hearing my roaring breaks.
I'm almost positive, had I landed the horn, he would have been startled and fallen. I would have crushed him. I've never come so close to destroying a human body.
I was not shaking, I did not roll my window down and holler "what a foolish move!", I simply thought "Oh My God, He was just protected!" I truely felt there was no way I could actually have stopped that fast and not landed him. Had I been in an SUV trying to stop that fast.... well we all can picture it.
I'm at work doing Justin Baldoni's hair and in his deep thinking style he said "you also were given another day, you would have been changed forever had you crushed that person"
We both smiled and said my life's quote which also happens to be on my license plate
"Today is a Gift"
He was given another day. He has purpose. He gets to see another sunrise and sunset, another golden hour. I wish I could tell him that, and then of course add "ride with caution dude!"
At work when we are filming during that perfect time of day, when the light is just right, we call it "Golden Hour"
Breath deeply and Enjoy every Golden Hour given. It is a Gift.
I find everyday I live & breathe to be a gift.