I Am Still Here: A Life-Changing Mantra

The thing I remember most from that day four weeks ago is the sound of my daughter crying on the phone as I informed her from the side of the freeway that both her father and I had been in a serious car accident. It was my birthday. It was the day my daughter realized how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. It was also the day I began to live by these four words:

I am still here.

I am known for a few things in my neck of the woods: my addiction to Hot Tamales, my gift for sneezing like Donald Duck, and my knack for worrying about everything including potential chemicals in my drinking water, the amount in my retirement fund, and the person standing behind me in the grocery store line who has just revealed she has a suspicious mole. But while sitting on the side of the freeway on a windy October afternoon, all that worrying suddenly seemed irrelevant because only one thing really mattered:

I am still here.

Yesterday, I shared the sauna at the gym with a stranger. After a few moments of nothing but the sound of my sweat dripping onto the bench, we exchanged greetings for lack of nothing else than to keep ourselves conscious. Soon, we were engaged in conversation that led to him disclosing that he had recently lost the most important person in his life: his wife. As he contemplated out loud all the things they had wanted to do together, but now couldn’t, I listened. When the sauna filled with silence once again, I shared my story of what I learned on the side of the freeway on that windy October afternoon. In a matter of minutes, two strangers were strangers no more. There are those who might say we were brought together for a reason. Maybe so. I like to think we both helped each other reinforce what we already knew: that living in the moment is the best way to live. After all, we are both still here.

My bucket list is entirely too long. Although I’ve been trying to whittle down the list for years, there are still many things I have yet to accomplish, see, and conquer. My drive to continue seeking adventure is stronger than ever. And so out of the mangled metal comes a positive, life-changing mantra that I hope is contagious.

I am still here.

Feel free to make it your own.

By Vicky DeCoster, All Rights Reserved


About Vicky DeCoster

Award-winning humor writer Vicky DeCoster is the author of "From Diapers to Dorkville," "Husbands, Hot Flashes, and All That Hullabaloo!" and "The Wacky World of Womanhood." She has been published in over 60 magazines, books, and on several web sites. Vicky lives in Nebraska with her husband and two children where she loves to laugh every day. Visit her at www.wackywomanhood.com.
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One Response to I Am Still Here: A Life-Changing Mantra

  1. Judi Koubsky says:

    So very true – we don’t know if we have tomorrow so need to be sure our loved ones know they are loved. Thank you for sharing your story!

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