A setback

I knew I’d be writing a post like this sooner or later… You don’t go into a big lifestyle change like this without anticipating something going wrong. I just didn’t think it would happen before the trip even began!

I was driving home from work last Friday when a driver decided to take a right turn out of the left lane, hitting the rear driver’s side door with his rather large passenger van. My poor, dependable Honda that I spent $300 on just week to get everything road trip ready.

It sucks but it could suck a LOT more. Here are all the things I’m grateful for:

  • It didn’t happen at 75 miles per hour on the freeway.
  • The other driver was at-fault and insured.
  • No one was hurt.
  • It happened in a safe part of town.
  • I didn’t cry.
  • I didn’t swerve into the fire hydrant.
  • It didn’t happen in the middle of nowhere with all our worldly possessions packed in the car.
  • We hadn’t sold the other car yet, so we have a way to get around for the last 5 days in Houston.

And as it turns out, it happened at the precisely right time for there to be enough time to get the car fixed in time for our exit from Houston on Wednesday night.

Stuff is going to go wrong, probably in ways I can’t even think of yet. Here’s hoping the setbacks are few and far between– and that fellow drivers always remember to check their blind spots.

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