When I read the stories of victims and the families of victims that are raising their voices to bring greater awareness to the cost of drinking and driving I am humbled by their strength. I don’t think I could or would be as strong as they are if I was in their shoes. I think I would be angry and bitter – I think I would be swallowed whole by the anguish.
Yet here these folks are telling their stories in the hope that through their stories they can prevent others from experiencing what they did. I am so profoundly impressed with them and their commitment. Bob Marley once said, “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” I imagine these folks understand this truism.
Please take the time to read their stories. Please replay those stories in your head before you drive impaired or distracted. Please think of the impact your singular choice can have on a family – your own or someone else’s. Try and imagine yourself or your family members in these people’s shoes and ask yourself if drinking, texting, talking on the phone – whatever it is that impairs or distracts you – is worth the heartache and loss that could occur as a result of that behavior.
Don’t take risks with other people’s lives and don’t tear some one else’s family apart. Think about the choices you make and make smart ones that keep you and others safe.
Day one thousand one hundred and ninety – obla di obla da