Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Perspective

I was on the 5th Ring Motorway this morning, headed to work.

Curled up in a tight ball against the cold, my head was a mess.

Nothing seemed to fit and I didn't know how to fix it.

I was so caught up with feeling sorry for myself, that I hadn't realized the car hadn't moved more than two meters for about twenty minutes now.

The haze in my head cleared momentarily and I looked up and outside my window. I couldn't see what was hampering traffic. It had to be big if things were moving this slowly.

Ten minutes later, as the car inched slowly ahead, I saw it. Two police SUVs were parked on the shoulder of the road. Between them was a dark Cherokee that didn't look too badly beat up. I couldn't see why this was causing so much of a hold-up. Then I looked down and my breath caught in my throat. It was a body. Covered in a white sheet.

I looked away, my stomach in knots. I thought of the people that were about to get a call today, perhaps in a few minutes, that was going to change their lives forever.

My life's never been as bad as I make it out to be.

15 comments:

'Grey' said...

I was coming back from Shuwaik at around 11 something and there was this sedan on the otherside of the road ! i mean the guy broke the wall and was on the other side ! I wonder what must be speed and impact to break concrete barriers !

RIP dude who ever you are ... Hope you didnt take some one innocent along with you !

Ri said...

Grey,

I saw just one sheet. Like you, I'm hoping it was the only one.

♀ L's brain ♀ said...

Ri, this made me feel a bit gloomy.. I want the other stick of Twix please.

Ri said...

*grudgingly sends L's brain her half-eaten Twix bar*

eshda3wa said...

god
allah y3een ahalhum

Anonymous said...

Hi RI,
I came across a comment you made at: (http://3asal.wordpress.com/2007/09/07/does-quran-have-all-the-answers/)
I found it pretty interesting. This is exactly what I am faced with now.
I've recently started reading about religion and the more I read the more confused I get. I never expected it to go this way. And I am thinking maybe there's something wrong I'm doing.
What do you do when you want to learn about your religion?
What happens if you get more questions and no answers as you said?
What happens when you feel your lifelong faith is being shaken?
It'd be great if you could share your views on this.

If you would like to respond, please use n.basheer@gmail.com

Have a great New Year

Ri said...

eshda3wa,

I don't know what that means, but I'm guess it was a blessing and it was probably for peace.

I'm just hoping it was quick.

Anonymous,

I don't know about you, but giving up religion gave me nothing but peace.

Your mail is in the mail :D

Peach said...

yeah life is never really as bad as we make it out to be .. I think we're just looking for the easy way out when we blame it all on life ..

Fact is though .. life is only what U make it! how twisted is that!!! its like the fat guy who's unhappy cuz he's fat so he eats more & off he goes in a never ending circle of fattness ..

Lets not get stuck in a circle of ingratitude .. lets love our lives, do the best we can & cherish them :)

Ri said...

Peachy,

*cheers to that* Happy New Year's :D

Jewaira said...

What a horrible thing to see and go through.Such accidents are what I dread most about driving in Kuwait.

How are you feeling now?

Ri said...

J,

Horrible as it was, it's what snapped me out of my self-pitying slump. Much needed reality check.

I feel great now. Just happy to be alive :D

Thanks for asking *kisses*

fang said...

I swallowed a nickel once.

Ri said...

fang,

You're special.

Badrah said...

Allah Yer7am Jamee3 Mawta AlMuslemeen :/ Wey9aber Ahalhom.
Recently my friend's mother passed away due to a car accident too.. and before that there was that girl.. o gabelha that guy, o gabelha those two little boys, o gabelha those three guys. O hathail bas elly en3arefhom ? What about ghairhom? I swear .. Elwa'63 is getting scary..

I hope 2008 is a good year.. cuz 2007 ended badly :/

I havent been to so many 3azza-s- ib 7ayati !

Rabi er7am eljamee3..

Ri said...

Dear Badrah,

I'm sorry, but I don't speak a whole lot of Arabic.

I understood very little of what your comment said. Please translate, thank you.