My car is going to cost a minimum of 500 dollars to fix. Hello Monday morning!
About a week ago, I was driving back from North Park and was on the 805 freeway. I was in the fast lane, just passing the Miramar exit when a large piece of material made its way into my lane. I had three choices: slam on my breaks (possibly avoiding hitting this large object) and definitely causing a collision behind me, swerve into the right lane, hoping that no one was next to me, or press on the brakes and brace the impact. My split second decision led me to brace the impact. In that moment, I had no idea what was going to happen. I held onto the steering wheel and hoped I wasn’t going to regret my split second decision.
I felt the impact and heard my car scrap the object along the freeway. I didn’t want to get out of my car and I had no emergency lane to pull over into (the 805 is undergoing a lot of construction and they have no place to pull over for an emergency such as this). Completely frazzled, I managed to get the object out from under my car by dragging it several feet and then I pulled over onto the right side of the freeway.
Shaking, I took a deep breath. I hopped out of my car and checked for any damages. From my sight, I couldn’t spot anything immediately. But with the amount of time that I was dragging the object and the impact, I couldn’t imagine there being no damage. Sure enough, my AC doesn’t work the next day.
I found time to take it to the mechanic and he called me today with the prices for all the damages. Nothing below 500 am I expected to pay. On top of that, I received a traffic citation that is due this month…another 300 dollars.
I took a deep breath after I hung up the phone with the mechanic. “It is only money,” I kept telling myself. But 800 dollars…there is so much I could do with that! I started to feel entitled (again) and thought, why me. Pointless thought, which would lead me absolutely nowhere. I paused and reminded myself…it’s just money.
How easy it is to get lost in money? Especially in America. Money seems to be the leading factor in all of our lives. Frustrated with the fact that I actually have to tap into my savings account, I stood back and thought, “at least I am blessed to be able to pay off this cost…debt free.”
It is all about what perspective you take. We could let money rule our every thought and decision or we can use it as a tool to navigate through life.
So here is my view on money: never let it control your every move. If you find yourself constantly hoarding your money or constantly spending your money…you need to create the balance that I wrote about in yesterday’s blog titled “If only…” Also, always save for a rainy day. You never know when an emergency will arise. And you can ALWAYS count on an emergency being stressful. Do yourself a favor and reduce your stress by having enough money saved for that rainy day.
Am I sad to see 500 dollars gone quicker than earned? ABSOLUTLEY! I would be a fool to tell you that I am not somewhat upset (and I may have even shed a tear =)). But by not allowing money to control my life, I am able to see the bigger picture.
Things could have gone so much worse for me last week when my car hit that foreign object. I could have flipped my car and been critically injured. Instead, I walked away with a broken AC and my savings account reduced. I’m counting my blessings and willingly handing over 500 dollars to the mechanic.