About an hour ago a vehicle from oncoming traffic swerved in front of me — if I had slammed my brakes a moment later, we probably would’ve collided.
My immediate response was anger towards the other driver — how could they be so negligent? Who taught them how to drive?
It took me a solid 10 minutes of ruminating and fuming before realizing that I was totally missing the point: we didn’t crash. The alternate and far more tragic version of reality where we collided and, at best, had to be hospitalized, was altogether avoided.
Anyone fortunate enough to have most days pass without significant drama can be forgiven for forgetting that they’re basically one unexpected crisis away from having their world turned upside down.
Every day where you get to do meaningful work and be surrounded by the people you love isn’t just thanks to the things that have gone well in your life, but also to any number of crises you’ve avoided — in many cases by sheer luck.
Every day you live is a day you get to live — the gravity of that statement can’t be overstated.
Make the most of it.