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What a crazy weekend….

Friday night my husband and I were heading to a business event.  We were on an expressway and saw a big accident up ahead.  There were many ambulances, police cars and fire trucks on the scene and many more that kept coming.  We needed to get over a lane.  As we pulled into another lane, we got rear ended by a semi truck.  We are fine.  The car has $2,000 or so worth of damage.  But in the whole picture it is not a big deal. Sure it will be a pain, yes our out of pocket costs will be high, and yes we need to claim it to our insurance.  And yes we missed the event we were headed to.  But we are alive and in one piece.

We had to wait on the scene for 2 hours as the police cleared the major accident.  I watched many bodies being cut out from the cars in ditch and be put on stretchers. The freaky, eye opening part is that when the police woman was available for us, she apologized but explained it was a fatal accident.

So I sat there realizing that had we not stopped for gas or had our sitter gotten there earlier, we could have been in that ditch. Basically every little thing leads to the next.  When we 1st got hit by the truck, my husband said, “had the sitter come on time, we might not be dealing with this.”  The thing with life is you never know what is around the corner.  You never know if the path you take, your timing, or your decisions lead you to something incredible, something life altering, or just simple everyday life.

Many years ago (probably 15 or so) I use to read books by an author Richard Bach. They were about this very thing – how every single decision and movement leads to the next, and how if you made a different choice (major or even minor) how that leads to who you are and where you are in life.  One of his books actually showed alternate paths concurrently. It was really fascinating. Something to think about.


Fast forward to Saturday…

I have not been on a bike since I was a kid.  I actually broke my arm when I was a pre-teen.  I cannot remember if that was the last time I was on a bike. For some reason I had been wondering if the expression “it is just like riding a bike” was true.  Are there some things that once you learn them, you can do them forever, even if 25 years have gone by in between? Well my mother-in-law has a bike she never uses.  So we got it from her house and pumped up the tires.  The first try I was wobbly.  I lacked confidence.  I was nervous.  But after a few more minutes I was cruising around my neighborhood.  My twins were watching and said, “you did not even need training wheels.”  I felt so alive and proud of myself.  I think we often forget to be proud of ourselves.  I was.

So next time you are unsure if you can do something, JUST TRY IT.  I never would have known if I could do it if I did not try. And when you do it, pat yourself on the back.  Be proud!  You did it.


So how does all of this relate to a photography and photoshop blog?  Well you get to know me as a person and what is going through my head.  But really there are so many lessons in all of this, about life and photography and photoshop.

If you do not take a photo in fear it will not be good, then you will never know how it would have been. If you do not try and try again, you will not get better.  I plan to keep riding!

And from the first story, I witnessed how short life was for the cars in front of me in the accident.  Take photos of your family and friends.  Take photos to document events.  Every photo does not need to be a portrait.  Sometimes snapshots are the best photos of all.  They do not need to be perfect.  They just need to document LIFE.  So live and capture your life and those lives you love.

Thanks for reading,


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  1. Charlotte Stringer on April 20, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    WOW! I am soooo glad you are ok Jodi! I am glad God was watching over you!! This is such a scary event you went through…. thankfully you guys are ok… Char

  2. Annie H on April 20, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Jodi,Glad you guys are safe and well. Thank you for the wonderful story. Sometimes we forget how short life can be and forget to enjoy it. I LOVE you blog and thank you for all the work you put into it.Sincerely,Annie

  3. evie on April 20, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I second what Char said. It’s a nerve rattling thing to drive up on an accident scene like that. I’m glad that your sitter was late. 🙂

  4. anita gooden on April 20, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    You will never forget that night as long as you live! thanks for all you do,I really enjoy the result of your efforts.

  5. Tanya on April 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    So happy you are ok!! Thank goodness the sitter was late & for needing fuel!!

  6. Michelle on April 21, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Glad you are ok, and thank you for sharing your stories. I think your ‘moral’ of the story came at a perfect time for me.

  7. Jen Weaver on April 21, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Glad you are okay! That’s all that matters.At the end of last year I had a similar occurence and blogged about it and that moment has changed my life quite a bit – especially in a car…you never know what can happen!Glad you got on that bike and rode it! GO JODI!!!!

  8. Desi on April 22, 2008 at 10:56 am

    glad all is’s scarey sometimes, how things could work out.

  9. Niki on April 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    First of all, I’m glad you’re okay and the only real damage is to the car. But most importantly, sometimes we need to be reminded that life is short and that we should grab the moments when we can. Thank you for sharing. Now I am going to get off the computer (until later) to spend some time playing games with my kids just because… even though they really are driving me nuts. I’m sure I will appreciate this small moment later. Thank you so much for helping me realize that tonight.

  10. Rene Mason on April 22, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Jodi, I’m glad you both are ok. Just wanted to say thanks for making me stop and think. I tend not to do things if they can’t be perfect. You reminded me that I need to just do it! (You and NIKE! ha!)Thanks!

  11. Tory on April 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    OH MY! I am so happy you are ok!! How scary.Thanks for the second story — needed that today 🙂

  12. Johanna on April 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I’m a big believer in fate (late babysitters, etc.) and so, thankfully your time has not come. Unfortunately, we all need to be reminded how precious our lives really are from time to time, because, being human, we get caught up in the day to day nonsense. Thanks for sharing your experience so we can all benefit by being reminded of what’s really important. Now I feel like going to hug my kids (again). Thanks Jodi.

  13. kelly on May 1, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Oh Jodi, I praise God you guys where okay, he was surely there in that place with you.I totally understand about the bike thing we ride every year all spring summer and winter but this year when I got on my bike I noticed I was a little wobbley than other years and I chalked it up to getting older LOL. I agree on the just take the pictures, I am doing a book for the Grandparents this year of the kids all year long for Christmas because I never seem to know what to get them but I thought it would be fun just to have each year something to remember there years as growing up.

  14. Missy on May 1, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Those kinds of experiences really hit home and wake you up. Glad you all were safe.

  15. Julie Cook on May 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    wow, I am so sorry about the major accident. and your rear end one also. Thank goodness you all are ok. I relaly enjoyed reading this post and about the bike and how it relates to photography as well. We all need to remember that sometimes the moment matters WAYYY more than the result. Thanks for the reminder!

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