Personal History, Self-Improvement

Do You Need a Second Chance? You’ve Got One.

I believe in second chances.

People screw up, mistakes are made. Whether through divine intervention or the kindness of another human being…sometimes, we get that second chance. If mistakes are made, I believe each day — or even each moment — one can start anew…do better…be better.

My entire life was given a second chance in 1995.

I was twenty years old, on my way to work, when I drove through an intersection with the permission of a green light. A cement mixer, failing to pay attention, barreled from the other direction and collided with the driver’s side of my car…resulting in my car taking flight and my consciousness being taken away.

Car Accident
What was left of my car.

That was the day I thought I was to die. That was the day all my hopes and dreams for my future nearly vanished.


However, through the skills and kindness of strangers with me in the ambulance, emergency room, and operating room — my life was saved.


For a long time — especially throughout the pain-staking healing process — I was boggled with the question, “Why?” Not, “Why did such a horrible event happen to me,” but Why was my life spared?

All I could come up with was that there was more for me to do here on this earth. What could that be? Since that hot July day, I’ve graduated college, have married, and have had the privilege — and job — of raising another human being to be his best.

I choose to spread kindness, listen, and be empathetic. Has life been roses since then? Hell, no. I’ve had numerous chances to live and better myself, and I doubt I’m out of chances. Neither are you.

Nobody is Perfect.

My whole life was given a second chance; however, sometimes we need smaller second…or third…or more…chances. Nobody is perfect — we screw up! We say or do the wrong things, we waste what we have, we value some things more than we should and other things less than we should. I know I need a second chance sometimes, so I need to give others that same opportunity to make a change. One can always be better than he or she was yesterday — or even an hour ago — or a moment ago.

Go ahead…make a change and give someone else an opportunity to do the same.

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