"Time I almost died"

Essay by vivi810 October 2002

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This essay is about an accident that happened to me last year, and how did it changed my entire life.

It happened last year, but the memories are still fresh. The slippery road, the small shards of glass, and the coppery smell of the fresh, red blood are still deeply ingrained in my mind. I remember everything just like it happened yesterday. I never pass that stretch of road without seeing it all again.

I was driving in my new Volkswagen to my friend's birthday party on a rainy evening. The white headlights reflected from the mirror-like water and made everything very poetic. I peered through the mist, trying to find the right path for the car. The new car was different from my old one. Because this car's engine is much more powerful than the one I used to drive, I found it a challenge to handle the speed.

With the slippery road, the driving conditions are poor to drive my new car. Suddenly, a bad feeling was growing from the pit of my stomach. I tried to concentrate on the car, but the misty weather, as well as the sameness of the road, made me feel very sleepy. I was nodding off in the car and thinking of my friend when she opens her birthday gift, a scarf I handmade for her: her favorite color in her favorite style; the best gift I had made in my life. How should I react if she is too surprised and cries? I just could not wait until her party to give it to her. Suddenly, I felt the car shaking, and that woke me up! The wheel was pulling to the left strongly, and seemed like it was driving itself towards the shoulder. The gravel began to fly in all...