This morning my area experienced a mix of snow, sleet and rain and I had to drive to a class. I wasn’t really thinking too much about the road conditions. I just knew I had to get somewhere and I was going my typical way. Turn left, turn right, straight ahead. Autopilot was on.
As I rounded a bend on a narrow road, I noticed another car coming slightly on my side and I turned my wheel to the right, just a little bit. Well, my little bit was a lot a bit for my Ford Fusion. The tail whipped one way and an orange light went on my dashboard. I didn’t really look closely at the symbol but I knew it meant: HOLY ****! HOLD ONTO YOUR WHEEL and STeeR. The light should be a voice, “Pray NOW!”
At that moment, Carrie Underwood sang in my head, Jesus, Take the Wheel and my immediate situation became a Matrix scene. Everything slowed down to milliseconds except my hands trying to quickly guide the car as it slid back and forth as if it was a kid on a swing rotating one way and whipping back to the other side. “Mom, quick!” I believe his voice was even slowed down. “MOOOM, QQQQUUUUUIIIIICCKKK!”
I pulled left, then right and left again. My arms were on automatic. I believe my brain went into overdrive and signals were being sent without my knowledge. Amazingly, my brain knew what to do: Keep the car in the center of the road and avoid the giant hill to the left and the guard rail to the right. Woosh, Woosh, Woosh. The tail of my car was moving like a shark going to attack its prey. Fast, faster! After owning two Subarus, I prayed for control and 4wd car, again. Man, I miss those cars. But after countless rotations of the steering wheel, the car stopped. The movement seized and we sighed relief.
We survived. The situation was over and there was peace in the air. Ahhhhh. We are alive, the car is not damaged and Carrie sung me to safety once again. I almost felt like getting out and looking around the area and pretending I was walking Mars. Man, I was happy to be alive and unsure of what to do next. First, breath then I look over at my son. Check. We are okay and the car is without a bump. Then I said, “That was close.” He said, “Let’s not do that again.” I agreed. As I started to drive down the road again, he said, “Drive slowly, please. Okay.” “Yep. I got you, kid. The roads are slippery when wet”
Now, I have been in situations like this before. I bet you have, too. Okay, more than once. Several times. Be honest!
Everything seems fine then you slip and try to manage. It can be scary, overwhelming and panicky. Warning lights may go on around you and all you can do is: Focus, hold on and trust yourself. It is exhausting and amazing at the same time.
Through my many misadventures, I can give this advice. Yes, we will spin out, try to manage, things will pass, and success will come. You may waver, feel completely out of control but believe in yourself and your abilities. Promise, amazing things will happen. If you don’t believe in you right now then put faith in something or… Carrie.
Also, whatever you are going through slow down, visual and drive yourself to safely to your destination. Afterward, hug someone, note the moment and walk away feeling stronger. Carrie may talk to you, too. Who knows?
It is a guaranteed that love, life, and feelings will throw you in a tailspin so hold on tightly to the wheel and guide yourself to your best life.
“Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
‘Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
And save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel.”