I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver

I Was Hit By A Drunk Driver

You never think it will happen to you; then it does.
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We say it all the time: "Hit me. Do it. Pay my tuition."

But we don't really mean it. We know we do it. We're late to class, to work, to a meeting. We cut it close, crossing too quickly, causing cars to slam on their breaks because we are the pedestrian and we have the right of way. But what happens if the cars don't stop? What if you aren't seen? Or what if the driver is drunk? They're all 'what if's' right? But WHAT IF they're not?

February 11th, 2017, I was in my dorm room getting all dolled up for my roommate's boyfriend's Valentine's Day party. I spent a good hour getting ready, as most of us do in anticipation for a night out. As my boyfriend and I got into the Uber I looked at my S.O. and said, "There's a full moon out tonight. We shouldn't go out." And like many of you reading this now, he thought I was ridiculous and reassured me we would be fine.

It was a fairly small get together. Just a few friends with Valentine's Day-themed cocktails, but being the introvert that I am, I was spent about an hour in. We decided to walk back to the dorm so that we could grab food on our way back. As we were waiting on the sidewalk to cross a two-lane, one-way street, I felt a powerful punch, like a sumo wrestler decided to play tackle football. For a split second, I saw my legs in the air and I was on the ground.

I heard screaming, panic, chaos. The driver had attempted to make a turn and didn't turn enough; she hit my boyfriend and me on the sidewalk. She got out to see if I was ok. Once she saw we were conscious, she begged us not to call 911. We stated we had to; she got back into her car to flee and hit two more cars in her getaway process. This is when we realized she had to have been drunk. My boyfriend got off with a few bumps and bruises. I have a few more extensive injuries, but all in all, we were lucky.

Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 29% of the total vehicle traffic fatalities in 2015. An estimated 10,265 people who were killed in drunk driving crashes involving a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater). Among the people killed in these drunk driving crashes, 67% (6,865) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 or higher (the driver mentioned had a BAC of 0.185).

That incident negatively impacted motor vehicle owners, pedestrians, and most of all, the driver. No, she was not injured. But she was twice over the legal limit at only 11:30 p.m. It makes me worried how she got that way. If she was peer pressured, or in a contest, or just completely unaware of her limits. And where were her friends? Did they not stop her from driving, or was she alone? This will follow her forever, into grad school, future jobs, and future legal matters. I will heal. But will she?

Drinking is such a part of the college culture. There's no changing that, but the number of students on the road impaired needs to. If you want to drink yourself into a stupor after a week of exams, that's on you. When you then decide to drive, you are deciding to operate a deathly weapon while your senses are compromised. When you decide not to intervene when your friend is not in a driving state, you are allowing your friend to walk headfirst into a battlefield. That accident effected everyone who she came in contact with that night; her friends, the partygoers, and the victims. To answer my own question, everyone is effected by drunk driving. And it's your choice; to be positively influential, or negatively impacted.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.

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Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.


Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.


Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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