Embracing Healing and Self-Love
Navigating through the aftermath of a car accident can be an incredibly challenging journey, one filled with pain, uncertainty, and a multitude of questions about the future.
In October last year, I experienced this firsthand when a sudden car accident in California left me with injuries that lingered until April while on a vaction to Disneyland.
A place that is suppose to be filled with joy, suddenly, reminded me that all things of priviledge, like me being able to go to Disney, can be suddenly taken away.
While this period was undeniably tough, it also became a transformative chapter in my life, fostering a deeper understanding of the importance of self-love, resilience, and emotional well-being.
I aim to share my story, shedding light on how resilience and forced rest played a crucial role in my recovery, and why physical and emotional healing are indispensable, irrespective of the circumstances.
The Initial Shock and The Road to Recovery:
The moments following the car accident were very clear. I had an advanced green and was turning, then suddenly out of no where a car hit me, the bags deploed and the car spun. The first thing I did was say out loud "I am Protected. I am Protected. I am Protected", while I saw smoke coming from the engine. As I tried to open the door, I realized it was jammed shut. Then my glasses that were already being held together with a prayer and crazy glue, broke in half.
There goes my vision. Thank God, I have my crossbody on and my prescription sunglasses with me (I had been years since I wore then but decided to bring them with me). I put them on as a witness pryed open the door and helped me out.
I said, "I'm fine but I need my glasses". The witness said, if I was going faster they woudl have been dead. The van behind, also stopped to help me and aid the same thing.
The first car beind me, then went to ensure the car load of people who hit me didn't leave. The van called the police. THey all said the driver who hit me was extremely inhibreated.
Instant throbbing pain that seemed to engulf my entire being as i called my husband to let him know, called the car rental company while saying out loud "I need help, I'm a Canadian".
As the police arrived, the female cop, said "This happens all the time and witnesses say he was going 60-70 miles an hour". Utimately, he was arrested for being drunk and high on cocaine.
As the days turned into weeks, the reality of my situation became clearer – I was injured, and the road to recovery was going to be long and depressing.
However, amidst the pain and uncertainty, I realized that this forced rest was an opportunity to reflect, evolve, and nurture a sense of awareness about my life and my needs.
I was unable to hold a striker to do soundbowl, I was unable to run my business, the low of income from event contracts, I haen't fully recovered financially and it's been 1 year, since it all happened.
Resilience: Finding Strength in Vulnerability: Resilience became my mantra, guiding me through the darkest days and helping me find strength in vulnerability. I embraced the art of being present, acknowledging my pain, and understanding that healing is a journey, not a destination. My injuries served as a constant reminder of my vulnerability, but they also highlighted my innate strength and capacity to overcome adversity.
The Power of Self-Love and Emotional Healing: Self-love played a pivotal role in my recovery. I learned to be kind to myself, treating my body and mind with the care and compassion they deserved. I realized that emotional healing was just as crucial as physical recovery, and I made a conscious effort to nurture my mental well-being. Meditation, journaling, and connecting with nature became sanctuaries of peace and healing, allowing me to cultivate a deeper sense of awareness and appreciation for life.
Understanding the Need for Both Physical and Emotional Healing: The journey from October to April was a testament to the fact that healing is multifaceted, requiring attention to both the physical and emotional aspects of our being. Despite the car accident, I understood that healing is always needed, and it is an ongoing process that transcends the boundaries of physical ailments.
During the most grueling days of my recovery, when the pain was unbearable and I found myself confined to my bed, unable to use my injured right hand, my support system proved to be my pillar of strength.
Family, friends, and loved ones rallied around me, offering not just physical assistance but also emotional support that was indispensable in those dark moments.
They were my hands when I couldn't use mine.
Their unwavering presence and encouraging words were a constant reminder that I was cared for and loved, fueling my resilience and instilling a sense of hope. The compassionate gestures, thoughtful conversations, and the sheer act of them showing up, day after day, played a crucial role in lifting my spirits and pushing me to find strength within myself, fostering an environment of healing and love.
Their support was a testament to the power of community and the incredible impact it can have on an individual’s journey to recovery and self-discovery.
Reflecting on the past year, I am grateful for the journey and the lessons learned along the way. The car accident in California was a life-altering event, but it also served as a catalyst for growth, resilience, and a deeper understanding of self-love. As I continue to embrace the journey of healing and awareness, I am reminded that resilience is born out of adversity, and self-love is the foundation upon which we rebuild and flourish.