This is honestly a story I never wanted to write. I was driving to work early one morning just thinking about a big luncheon on diversity and communications. I was really excited. Dressed really chic with perfect eyebrows and lipgloss, I hit the gas after the light turned green. The next thing I remember was a huge shake/rumble/impact from my right side. I was hit by a reckless driver.
This man drove directly into my car because he didn’t yield (basically ran a light). I had never been in an auto accident while driving so I didn’t know what to do beyond exchanging insurance information. I tried unsuccessfully because he wouldn’t cooperate. The police came.
My horror wasn’t just the paperwork and insurance nightmare. I was in physical pain and completely unable to move my neck and upper body. It was like I suddenly became paralyzed after my adrenaline wore off. Trying to maintain my beauty routine was all but impossible. I had to get really creative because I couldn’t just “let myself go.” This is where it helps to always have a travel bag prepared. The same bag I used for trips had my basic products. I also relied on masks to help hydrate and combat stress. I needed and appreciated having some sense of normalcy as I tried to get back to my regular life (albeit with no car of my own just yet). Having one small part of my daily life intact seemed to really help me feel “put together.”