Monday, March 15, 2010

The Alternative: Horse and Buggy

I shouldn't even write about this, since I'm about 1/10 of the way to deciding to become Amish anyway. I mean ... there are seriously a lot of things that attract me to the lifestyle that I can't even get into now. On to the purpose of this post:

Car accidents drive me crazy.
Road sign in Amish country

I was in a (very small) accident about a year ago, and it was one of the most traumatizing things in my life. It was not the first accident I've been in, nor was it the worst as far as physical damage goes, but emotionally - it was tough. First, because the person who hit me just drove away. So here I was, dealing with consequences all on my own, wondering why... why would someone drive away? What had they been doing? Why me and my car?
I mean, my car is no jewel to begin with. But now, it's smashed in one side, the tires are awful, and yes, it has stayed that way. I don't have the money to repair it (it's not worth the repairs), and my insurance company totaled the car. So for the past year I've struggled with my vanity and drove around my less-than-cute car. And I learned a lot of lessons along the way.
I am incredibly thankful that no one (I suspect ... I mean, the person who drove away didn't seem so hurt) was hurt in the accident. My car was still drive-able, and has been for a year while I save my money for a new car. There's so many blessings to consider in this case, and I remind myself of them often, because I can often find myself sinking into the whole "I feel so sorry for me!" attitude, which is pathetic.
Which brings me to my next point:

Why are there so many car accidents?

I know, I know. There used to be horse accidents, and now there are car accidents, and at some future point it will be hovercraft accidents or whatever. But I hate them. I really really hate them. Deaths that result from car accidents are the ones that I really feel like the people were stolen from me. I don't know how to explain that, since no death is good, but that's just how I feel.

In conclusion: Use horses, not cars.

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