I was driving to pick up a couple friends one Saturday night. It was about 9 PM and I was on the freeway going about 65 mph. There were a number of cars up ahead of me. I watched one car veer off onto the shoulder and then quickly overcorrect by veering at top speed to the left across several lanes and straight into the traffic that was whizzing by in the same direction. My thought was that the cruise control was on and the person had fallen asleep at the wheel and then had woken up when they hit the bumps on the shoulder of the freeway. It hit a number of cars and ended up stopped facing the opposite direction as I saw glass flying everywhere. When I saw what was happening I had immediately slowed down and veered to the right to avoid hitting any of the stopped cars. It all had occurred so fast.
I immediately pulled over and called 911 to report the accident. I stayed on the phone with the police until emergency services arrived, describing what had happened and all I was seeing – the damage to the cars that were stopped etc. When emergency services arrived I got back in my car to continue on with my journey. As I pulled away, the reality of it all sunk in and I felt really cold and started shaking, even though it was a comfortable temperature. It was then that I knew I had gone into a state of shock with adrenalin rushing having just witnessed a serious accident that I could have very easily been a part of had the timing been a bit different.
I like to do structured breathing while driving to keep me alert and focused. At that moment I remembered that I had the DE Portable unit in my bag, so I grabbed it and began breathing through it. It didn’t take long for me to stop shaking and regain a sense of calmness and alertness. I feel that the structured breathing helped me to quickly return to a state of awareness and presence so I could move past the trauma I had just experienced, and safely make it to my friends’ house to pick them up and continue on to our final destination. I feel so blessed to have structured water and structured air in my life!
Emotional State of Shock Cleared!