by Ricardo

I was on my way into a local retailer up the street from where I live with the thought of purchasing a few wreaths for the front door of our house. I did not see anything that I liked outside and thought they may have a better selection inside, I headed to the holiday section and spotted nothing that caught my eye.

However, I did spot a vacuum/blower for yard work that I had been wanting to purchase to cleanup the lawn from fall debris that the mower missed. I was excited to get home and give it a try. I checked out and was on my way to my vehicle walking thru the parking lot. and then it was NOT in MY plans, but someone had different plans for Ricardo that day at that moment.

We live a fine line between life and death and NO ONE IS PROMISED A TOMORROW!

Well the next thing I know I had been hit by a vehicle and was lying on the pavement, my life flashing before my eyes, why me, why now?

Before I knew it, I was staring up at the lights in the ambulance, and NOT someone else, BUT ME, being rushed to the local what??

I am not a "hospital" guy, I seldom have been ill and am on no meds.....this was a whole different world for me and I was nervous, frightened, and in shock. The hospital staff, nurses, doctors were swarming around me doing things that I was not familiar with and asking all kinds of questions.

All that I could think of was how could this happen to me, fine one minute and the next. here in the emergency room at the mercy of the "system" and complete strangers!

All I wanted to do was to go home and try out my new purchase, yet, it was not meant to be , not at this time in my life.

My wife arrived emotionally distraught but tried to comfort me.....I'm a whimp when it comes to pain, and pain was the order of the day at that moment. Well, what seemed like days I was released as a walking wounded....bruised, banged, with abrasions, and swelling. I went...home thankful that I was still alive and had a caring wife....but STILL wondering why ME, why now?

I thought that I was in "control". I had the world by the butt and it was smooth sailing for Ricardo. Well, I am not in control, AND I am NOT promised a tomorrow, none of us are.

It has been two weeks now and after many tests and doctor visits, I am slowly, OH, so slowly recovering....sitting here with my thoughts and aches and pains, appreciating the strangers that helped me and the loved ones who has put many things in perspective for yours truly and what is TRUELY important in our lives.....for NO ONE IS PROMISED A TOMORROW, AND "WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL."

Happy Holidays to one and all, and give thanks for LIFE, in ALL forms!

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Dec 17, 2017
You have been given another chance!
by: Anonymous


I am very happy and that you are on the mend. Maybe or maybe not your accident was a wake up call for you.

We all think we are good people and do what is right, but maybe we need to reflect, and maybe we could do better.

I received my wake up call 40 years ago, when I was told I would either be dead or a vegetable in 90 days. Forty years later, I still get up each morning giving thanks and know I have no control, but I have been given the opportunity to be a better person, and now realize there was much improvement I needed to make in my life. I have to admit, I fail often, but reading your post, and a thousand of other reminders take me back to the promise I made 40 years ago.

Enjoy every day you have left, because as you say we are not promised one, but we can live it in peace.

Dec 17, 2017
Ricardo's Accident
by: Doris

Thank goodness you are on your way to recovery. You are right - we are not promised a tomorrow and every minute counts.

I think that is why retirees find retirement so frustrating. We do love life and we do not want to waste time, but are a loss as to how to make those precious moments valuable.

While working, our time is structured and now many of us are having a difficult time filling those moments, making new memories and recreating our identity. Sometimes we sound like a bunch of complainers, but I really think the issue is that we value our lives and our time.

Stay well and I hope you soon get to use that new lawn toy.

Dec 17, 2017
Well wishes for a speedy recovery
by: Janet

Sending you well wishes for a speedy recovery. I'm sorry to hear your wake up call was such a painful one, but I am sure you will go forward with a different attitude about life. These years are a gift to be spent wisely.

Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season and in the New Year.

Dec 16, 2017
by: Patricia Murphy, SW Mich

First off, thank your lucky stars - yeah, you've got 'em - that you did live to see another tomorrow. And probably many more. Sorry as heck to hear about the accident, but could have been so much worse. As far as being a wimp with pain...never met a man yet who wasn't. I'm sure there are some out there, but personally never crossed paths with one :<) So feel free to wimp away. Just heal and get better so you can enjoy all the tomorrows you get.

Dec 16, 2017
by: Sherry/NC

Life is more precious, now!

Dec 15, 2017
Sending prayers, Rikk!
by: Wendy

First John has his accident -- Now YOU!
Yikes! What a huge wake up call...

No One is Promised Tomorrow.

You are absolutely right there... and we all need to spend more time counting our blessings in life.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Season and winter for healing and back to your retired life!

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