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Life altering experience

by Kiran on March 29, 2012 · 13 comments

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There’s a point in everyone’s life where a certain event/tragedy alters life’s perspectives. You’d begin living life vicariously as though it’s your final time on earth – every single day. You’d take risky decisions. You’d go on a limb to help people. And the list goes on and on.

I believe in such life altering experience, because we had one recently.

To be honest, I’ve zero intentions to write this post mimicking a public service announcement. But I’m sure the husband would literally laugh at the title of this post. So, naturally you’d figure out I’m the “dramatic” one in this relationship. But what seemed like a perfect day after a delicious brunch, ended in the most terrifying experience of our lives.

Well, at least to me.



Yes, we were in an accident two Sunday’s ago. It was an eye-opening experience for many reasons:

We are thankful to be alive.

It wasn’t a big deal accident, but we now love our car more than ever. It saved our lives.

Do not take safety belts so lightly. It did save the life and limbs of my friend sitting so close to the area impacted by the accident.

When the accident occurred, it felt surreal. We were hit so hard and fast, it was almost like a nightmare. Except this was definitely a reality.

We assured each other about our well being, but we had our friend on our minds. We didn’t know how much of that impact would have gotten to her. I definitely sobbed and apologized a million times after knowing about her well being. She is fine and that’s all that mattered during that fateful day.

And people, she did strapped onto a seat-belt as well. That definitely saved her life.

I would not go into much details on how and where it happened — but one thing is for sure, someone somewhere was looking after us. We cannot be more thankful to be alive.

This does seem like a small accident, but the tire took all of the hard impact. What I can tell you is definitely get a Hyundai Sonata. I am not Hyundai’s brand ambassador, just a happy customer!

The car is still in for repairs, so our gracious neighbor’s came to rescue. They offered us a car to use until we get ours back from the repairs. Love you, Rick & Andrea 🙂

Tell me, what’s your life altering experience?



1 Ambika March 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

OMG Kiran!! So glad to hear everybody is safe 🙂 We all take life and everything for granted. It is in times like this that we look up to god and thank him for looking after us. There is definitely a power beyond us all..
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2 Tanvi March 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I remember your tweet and was glad to hear everyone was fine. I have been on one such accident as a teenager … that moment it felt surreal but the shock of the event has disappeared over time.

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3 Reema March 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

ohhh!! glad that you are all okay! such events do shake us up no?
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4 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors March 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Dear Kiran – First off – OMG!! Thank God you are all OK. What an incredibly frightening thing to go through. Secondly KUDOS to wrting about it.
Over thanksgiving we had a family over staying with us for a week – with 2 little kids. In the middle of the expressway, the Mum lifts the 2 year old out of car seat while we’re at 70 miles/hr. asked her what a heck she though she was doing. We pulled over and said we aren’t moving till she puts her back in. Turns out she NEVER ties her in!!! I could no believe it and came home and cussed in the closet for an hour! And all in the name of love! Anyway thank fully our friendship survived this incident – but hey better good bye friendship than good bye life. Still mad about it s you can tell…..So thanks for bringing the point home.

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5 Aathira March 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Oh my. Scary.

We had a small accident a few months back, and I was not wearing my seat belt, so my head slammed against the head rest in front, not good at all. And since then, I have been very specific about wearing it.

In India somehow people do not see it as a life saver, rather a deterrent. They have reasonings like, in case we are stuck, we should not be stuck coz of a seat belt! Its difficult to make them see the usefulness.
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6 Sanjeeta kk March 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Jumped and read the ending of your post first..glad that all is well! Hugs and take care.
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7 Bikram April 2, 2012 at 5:59 AM

Oh .. hope you are all doing fine now ..

you know that the reason I have not sold my car.. It is their on my drive I rarely drive it as its a decade old now .. BUt i have had 3 accidents in that car and I have always come out ALIVE .. it has saved me every time ..

Wearing seat belts saves life .. ALWAYS ..

Take care
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8 Divya @ FF April 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Oh my gosh! Thank God all is well.

Wearing seat belts is sooooo important..they really do save lives.
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9 carolinaheartstrings April 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

So glad you are both okay. Great post. I prefer to think I am not dramatic, just realistic!! HAHA.

10 Simply Life April 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

so relieved that everyone is okay and sorry you had to experience this. accidents are truly terrifying.
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11 Richa@HobbyandMore April 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

accidents are scare. good to hear that everyone is doing fine. and time to insist on back riders to wear seatbelts.
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12 Denise @ Creative Kitchen April 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

So glad you all are okay!! I’ve been in several car accidents in my life…no fun at all. The most horrifying should have been the first one I was driving in (someone hit me), but was definitely my first one as a mom….being sandwiched between 2 vehicles. Thankfully my baby and I were okay.

Back in 1994 my husband was almost taken from me. It was a very severe car accident that put him in the hospital for 8 days total and 3 of them in the ICU. Someone ran a red light…his seat belt and airbag saved his life. He bled internally for over 3 hours before they caught it. He had a 3 hour exploratory surgery in which we didn’t know he’d make it or not. He lost over half his blood, fractured ribs, punctured lung, broken wrist and thankfully it was his intestines and not his spleen or liver.

I’m thankful to God everyday that his life was spared. We now have our 3 beautiful girls, and have been married almost 15 years. It’s definitely scary… glad you are okay!!
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