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The Red Light Revelation

04/04/2024 @ 17:17

Today, after the harrowing near-miss that could have shattered my world, I’ve found myself enveloped in a whirlwind of emotions. The anger and shock have slowly begun to ebb, giving way to a profound appreciation for the fragility of life. As I watched Flower sleep peacefully last night, her chest rising and falling with each breath, I was struck by the sheer miracle of her existence. The incident has left an indelible mark on us - well, me anyway, since she's thankfully too young to understand what could've happened - but it has also instilled a renewed sense of purpose and determination.

I’ve realized that our lives are composed of moments - some terrifyingly close to tragedy and others filled with immeasurable joy. It’s in these moments that we find clarity, and in that clarity, I’ve discovered a wellspring of hope. Hope that tomorrow will be kinder, that the roads will be safer, and that those who endanger others will come to understand the weight of their actions. Hope that we, as a community, can come together to protect each other and advocate for change.

To the man in the red car, wherever you are, I choose not to harbor resentment even if I damn well want to hate you forever for what you almost did. Instead, I focus on the love I have for my daughter and the future we have ahead of us. I choose to believe in the goodness of people and the possibility of redemption, and I choose to believe people like you are only a small percentage, a vast minority.

Here’s to a future where the headlines speak of hope, not tragedy. Where the streets are free of reckless abandon, and where every sunset promises a brighter dawn.

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