I’ve always listened to my intuition when I felt needed guidance. I recall it when I dropped out of pharmacy school, moved to Minneapolis, and chose chiropractic school months later. Then, I chose to pursue cycling, also moving to Arizona, opening my own practice, along a few more decisions that were life changing. Each of the
m, I felt I was deeply in tune with moving in the right direction that I should be for growth and connection.
Right now, I am in the middle of moving. I’ve of course had to move over the years, and it definitely isn’t fun. It’s not our typical routine and takes a lot of energy. This last move, I was particularly stoked and excited for it, and was looking forward to what was to come of it. This time however, I just didn’t think I’d be in this place, and it’s pretty heavy. That said, getting things sorted is a chance to get rid of things you no longer use or need, and to keep things close that matter. Also, to revisit what got you here.
This accompanying photo was taken on one of those trips that I happened to tap into my intuition on. I was in Chiropractic school at the time, and in early February they give the students a long weekend with a homecoming slash continuing education weekend for graduated doctors. at this time, I was still fairly new into the cycling world, and it was cold as all could be in typical February fashion in Minneapolis, MN. At the time, there was fairly recently release Google Earth. I recall dragging the mouse around for find the highest peak near me that I could ride to.
Somehow, I decided on the Sandia Crest in Albuquerque, NM. Yes, quite the road trip indeed. Was I going with anyone? No. Did I know what i was in for? No. Did I know where I was going to stay? No. But i just felt i should go. It is certainly a long trip, and especially when you’re doing it solo. I remember stopping somewhere in Tennessee. I did a 1.5-2 Hour spin in the back country roads. Maybe i chose the wrong area, wrong time, or wrong roads, but i just didn’t feel welcome or safe. So I cut it short and kept on to New Mexico. Where did I stay? In my car. But that’s ok, it was only me. and it was all apart of the experience.
Somewhere in Texas, I felt a sense that I needed to get off the freeway. I stopped for gas, looked at the map (yes, a real map :) ) and took a road that paralleled the freeway. At some point, I was coming up on a semi, it was still some 2-300 meters in front of me, but i saw it suddenly hit the brakes, swerve, and a bit of dust/smoke came up and it continued on. As I approached where this happened, I saw a motorbike laid flat, and a Biker laid face down not moving.
At the time in Chiropractic school, we had just finished up all of our emergency response training. So iIflipped the car around and ran out to the individual. He was face down, with a full face helmet on, unconscious gasping for air. I pulled the visor up to look at his face, and his lips were blue. He needed oxygen.
Also at this time, a semi had stopped and the driver was getting on the phone for 911. They were far away, and I knew if we didn’t open his airway, he’d be in trouble. But of course we don’t know about his spine. I took the chance with the help of the Semi driver, to open his airway by holding his head and neck stable with helmet on, and rolling him on his back. As we did this and i jutted his chin out, you could hear the airway open, and quickly his face returned to color.
I’ll state, he was a large individual, so it was difficult to move him, and he did not regain consciousness. yet. Finally the ambulance came, and to make this long story shorter, he was pretty big, so the neck brace was too difficult to get onto him, so i was employed to keep his neck still and stable. All the while on a stretcher. He finally came to, and was in massive pain, they of course gave him pain killers. But until those kicked in, i had his head in my hands and was looking him straight in the eyes as he screamed at me “AHHHHH, JUST KILL ME NOW!!”
Yikes, I just came on this trip to experience life. And this? It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong. So, They needed to helicopter him out to nearest trauma hospital. When they finally let me out of the ambulance as he was getting into the Helicopter, I quickly ran back to my car and took two photos.
The one above. And another as the helicopter was lifting off with the sun hitting the horizon.
Remember that message I just wrote about using your gifts to serve others. Using your intuition and connection to being and doing, will only allow you do to this and be fulfilled when others are in a time of need. When they are, don’t just hit the brakes, recognize there is a problem and drive on. Get out, be there for people and give until their in a stable place.
I did look up after what happened, and he was in the hospital with several broken bones, but did survive. I can always wonder “what if” i would have just stayed on that freeway and done things all on my appointment. perhaps we will never know, and just imagine how many “what ifs” we’ve passed by, and are happening right now because we are so stuck in our own agendas.
When you head to bed tonight, tune in and ask which trip do you take tomorrow? Which road, the usual or off the beaten path? If you take a different approach to the day, you may see it with new eyes and possibility. Remember that and don't miss the opportunity to serve and make that world around you a better place. Hey, you're living there!!