Every now and then, you get a bit of a wake up call, and are shaken into the realization of just how precious life really is. We have recently returned from a 3000 km road trip to Canberra and back, and on our last day on the road, New Years Eve, we very nearly had a head-on collision with another car.
We were on our last day of driving and had just switched drivers about 45 minutes earlier, so I was at the wheel. In a 100 km zone, single lane, the road headed into a gully. There were double white lines, so no overtaking. I saw a big B-double truck coming towards me in the other lane. Then suddenly a black Peugeot pulled out from behind the truck into MY lane, to overtake the truck.
My husband and I both uttered a few expletives but fully expected the Peugeot to pull back behind the truck when he saw us. He didn't. He just... kept... coming... It was one of those surreal moments when you knew you had nowhere to go but had to do something anyway. There was a thin stretch of gravel on my side of the road but not much else (since it was a gully) so I had to squeeze into that space without crashing off the side. Somehow, some way, I aimed for the gravel and we snuck past without a scratch. I dont know how we didn't scrape mirrors or shave off paint.
My husband was freaking out beside me saying "Are you alright? Are you ok? I cant believe that just happened! Pull over, pull over!" I kept saying "I'm fine, I'm ok!!" but I pulled over a few hundred metres up the road and the reality of the situation set in, and I instantly burst into tears! Then a massive rush of adrenaline hit me and I started freaking out and shaking uncontrollably.
We made it - our lucky escape. And I tell you what - that was just the wake up call I needed. I dont generally do resolutions, but this year I do. My New Years Resolution is to stop stressing about every little thing. To enjoy the moment. Relish the "now". Stop worrying about things that might never happen. Because you just never know when your last moment is going to be.
Catching up on some of my final sessions from last year:
I met Tamika, Shane and their two gorgeous boys on a glorious day at the beach! Baylee and Levi were awesome to work with, super helpful and super smiley too! Running around on the beach, enjoying an afternoon with an beautiful family makes my job so easy :)
Cuddles with dad :)
... and kisses for mum!
Thank you Tamika, Shane, Baylee and Levi for sharing your afternoon with me!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.