Last week I was faced with the unexpected. A bike swerved out in front of mine and I can't tell you what happened, but I ended up face first on the road. I split my chin open, broke one of my molars in half and fractured my jaw.
It was a real shock and I now face a long road to recovery. It's not all bad. I can still talk (sort of), I can still interact with my family (carefully), I can still write (successfully).
I'm not saying I'm glad to be in this position, but I am incredibly grateful. Things could have been so much worse.
People keep commenting that there's sure to be a story in all of this. At first I thought - Yeah right! Like I'll ever write a story about this. But the more I've thought about it, the more I think - yeah, there is a story in this.
I might not write about my specific bike accident, but I now understand the pain of a broken bone, what it's like to close your eyes and relive the impact of the accident. I have also experienced shock and the symptoms that follow that. I know I could have researched all of this, but something a little extra comes from experiencing it in the flesh.
As I said, my accident could have been so much worse, but it's been enough to teach me a few things...things I can use in my writing.
I wouldn't wish this unexpected event on anyone. It hasn't been pleasant, but I am glad I can make the most of it. I have glimpsed both the good and the bad through this experience and I'm going to file it all away to use in my future work.