Car Accident – Adventures on hold

It’s incredible how one decision can impact your life.  Choosing one trip instead of another, taking a different route or leaving five minutes later than you usually do, are some of the decisions that can influence a different outcome. Sometimes, these decisions lead to wonderful discoveries and experiences however sometimes the outcome is not as favourable.

I decided to take a different route while I was running errands and it made a difference. A few weeks ago, I was in a car accident. I’m fortunate that I am expected to make a full recovery however; it will take work and time. Thankfully, I’m already noticing improvements.  Recovering can be a frustrating process, but I’m grateful that it wasn’t worse and that I’ll will still be able to live my life without disability. I’m just on a bit of a detour now.

The accident reaffirms how precious life is and how fast it can change. At my previous job in the hospital, I witnessed people’s lives suddenly end or dramatically change. The majority of these people didn’t have a warning. It can be sudden and unexpected. This is why it’s critical to try to make the most of everyday and not wait until you are older or retired to take time to enjoy life and pursue your dreams.

In the short-term, I’ve had to cancel my kayaking trip to the Gulf Islands and some small day and weekend trips until I’m better. Right now, my life is full of physiotherapy, doctor visits, rest, walks and returning to my day job slowly. I’m hoping as the days go on, I’ll keep seeing improvements, be able to drive again, explore and share my experiences with everyone. I may be slower for the next little while, however the adventures will continue as I’m allowed!

Kayaking in English Bay. Vancouver, BC

Next weekend, a couple of friends and I are heading to a British Columbia Provincial Park to go camping. I’ll mostly be relaxing by the water, going on small walks and enjoying the fire while they do more active activities. It will be lovely to get away, sleep outdoors and get some mountain air.

In the upcoming year, I have some exciting trips planned and I’m focusing on those while working on getting better. I’m pretty sure I won’t have to cancel or change them as long as I continue to recover. I can’t wait to reveal them but as a hint two big ones include celebrating the Christmas holidays with sand in my feet and celebrating spring in a Parka.

Thank you everyone for your support via calls, emails and social media. I know I haven’t been as active on social media, e-mails and in person but as I’m able to, I’m looking forward to connecting, participating, attending events and experiencing nature.

8 thoughts on “Car Accident – Adventures on hold

  1. So sorry to hear about your accident! I totally agree with what you’ve said about making the most of everyday. Growing up, my parents were always saying “when we retire we’ll do…..” yet, financially, they WERE able to do those things. Now, that they are older – they say “oh, we’re too old to do…..”.

    Hope you recover soon and I’m glad to see that even though you aren’t 100% – you are still getting out there! Take care!

    1. Thank you, recovery is going slowly but well.

      I believe it’s critically not to wait, making the most of every day and year is important. I want to have all these amazing memories to remember when I’m not able to travel anymore.

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