Expect the unexpected. That is what others always said when undergoing a certain event or mission. Well, for me today just might be that mission day where I have to expect the unexpected. After 7 years of driving experience, this morning was my first time involved in a road accident and it happens in my hometown. OMG!
What happened was, as I was going home from work this morning with a little heavy head and eyes but not heavy enough to snooze you off or flip your steering all of a sudden. It was a very very bright and sunny morning and everything else flows as usual. I took the usual route from the office and as I approach 1 of the busiest roundabout in town, I slow down a bit and soon the line came to a halt. While waiting for my turn to enter the traffic rush, I pull my e-brake and take a moment to get ready to accelerate. In front of me is a silver Toyota Vios also waiting for its turn to get in. SUDDENLY, my e-brake disengaged itself and my car starts to move forward while my foot is still on the clutch and the other on the accelerator. That’s when I rammed into the Toyota Vios in front of me. THUD!!!
My expression was…
I quickly checked myself, look at my face on the rear view mirror, check here, check there, phew~…nothing bleeds. I turn on the hazard light, check if there’s any other car got involved from behind and slowly get out from the car. I can feel my face turned red, yellow, green and blue at every heart beating. Everything I see turns sephia. Oh God! I hope the Vios’s driver is alright.
As the Vios’s driver came out of the car, I can immediately sense that raging feeling and annoying look pointed at me. After checking the damage of both cars, she calms down a little. There was a line of scratch on the rear bumper and a sprung out reverse sensor. I quickly apologize to her and place back the reverse sensor to its place. I gave her my namecard just in case anything happens along the way. What comes next was really unexpected.
After several minutes of discussion over the matter at hand, I was shocked when the driver, a middle aged lady just let me go with a stern advise:
“Its ok. I know you didn’t do it on purpose. Keep moving now, don’t block the road. Next time please drive carefully.”
I was like…
“I hope you’re reading this. Maybe not right now but hope you’ll read this. I’m very sorry for the earlier mishap that happened and I know non of us wanted it to happen but it still happened anyway. Thank you so much for your forgiveness and blessed be all your journey after this. I was really hopping that someone out there just now took a video of the incident and see how calm, humble and forgiving you are. Humanity is not a lost cause after all. Thank you for your advice and I promise I will never forget it. Thank you for the enlightenment.”