My Wake Up Call

Not the moose I hit

Four years ago I nearly died. Literally. It was a major wake up call for me.

With my son in the car, I hit a moose full on at about 7 pm at night. It was probably the scariest thing I have ever had happen. As we were driving along chatting about who knows what, a moose suddenly jumped out of the woods and ran at my car. It was either slam on the brakes and hit the moose or swerve and hit the oncoming transport truck. I hit the moose and I expected to die.

The fact that I am here today to write about it is a miracle.

And, I thank my Guardian Angels big time. Unfortunately, hitting a moose most often means very serious injury or even more often death. If you have never seen a moose, it is a very large and majestic animal and this one weighed in at least 1000 lbs. You won’t believe it, but neither my son nor I had a scratch or bruise on us but the car was a total write off.

To make it even worse, the moose did not die right away. We had to watch it painfully try to get up even though it had at least one and mostly likely two or more broken legs and other injuries. It struggled off to the side of the road and sat down beside our car. I could see the pain in its eyes and it tore me up. I felt such agony for causing this amazing animal pain and ultimately its death. In the end, we witnessed its passing as the conservation officer came and ended its suffering. I said a prayer for the spirit of the moose as best I could.

I have to admit I was very shaken up. The day afterwards (Friday), while I had a ton of work planned, I simply had to take my own advice and take a day off to process everything. I was in deep shock. I took the day to just be grateful that we were both alive and for some serious self-care.

I can’t say that I had my life flash before my eyes, because really there wasn’t even time, but I totally expected to die (if you are Canadian you probably know that most people do when they hit a moose). The fact that I didn’t, means to me that I still have a message to share and a purpose for the time I am here.

And, to be honest, it reaffirmed what I try to teach you: to live in the moment, LIVE now! Don’t wait for someday because it may not come. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Take that class. Go on that trip. Dance. Love deeply. Be crazy. Have fun. Laugh more. Forgive. Go on adventures. Be!

So today, I challenge you to do something you’ve been putting off. No more excuses. Find the time. Find the money. Do whatever it takes to live your life fully. Don’t waste one moment of your life being unhappy or angry or sad or doing something you don’t want to do; you are ALIVE today—so act like it. Hug those you love. And hugs to you.

P.S. For those who may not know, we don’t have moose on Prince Edward Island where I live. In fact, we don’t have any wild animal bigger than a coyote. I was driving in New Brunswick, the province next to PEI on my way home when the accident happened.

About the Author

Heather WIlsonHeather E. Wilson is the founder and CEO of The Canadian Coach, a directory and membership platform designed to unite, support and promote Canadian coaches. She's a successful business coach, speaker, author (Your Life According to You!), warrior, change-maker, risk-taker, and adventurer all rolled into one dynamic package.