Being Hit by a Car Changed the Course of My Life – Career Pivot

In some ways, my story starts with the bicycle accident. It was 11 July of 2002 and I was on a club bicycle ride with good friends.

FrameAll I remember was cresting the hill before descending into the blind curve. There are glimpses of memory in the emergency room with my wife, Lotus. After that, it was waking up in the hospital, a brace on my neck with a morphine drip in my arm. The car had been going 30 miles per hour. I was doing 20. I evidently totaled the ‘96 Toyota Corolla with my body. At those speeds the Front Wheel after accidentsurvival rate is about ten percent. (Click on the picture to get a true idea just how badly the bike was damaged.  This was a HEAVY DUTY steel touring bicycle.)

Most of us need something big to push us out of our comfort zone and make us look for something beyond comfort. For me it was the accident that happened when I was 46 years old. I was incredibly fortunate. I spent five days in the trauma center with many broken bones, but no damage to my brain or internal organs. Once I recovered, I realized my being alive was a miracle. I also realized that when I do die, I want to know I’ve made a difference in the world. At the time I was teaching people how to program leading edge telecommunications systems. That made a real impact on the lives of people – NOT. I wanted the work I did to be about something bigger.  I decided to make a Career Pivot.

I remember this incident every Thanksgiving. I am thankful for being alive.

This will be my last post until after the United States Thanksgiving holiday. I want to wish all of my readers a very happy, safe and memorable Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Marc Miller Career Change Coach

Comments

  1. Marc, In 1998 I was passing a car on my bike and he turned into me. I expected to be run over and my only hope was to fly over the hood and hope I did not go thru the windshield. Instead I hit the passenger door and shattered the window with my shoulder, and crumbled into a pile of broken glass. Finding it difficult to breath I was rushed to the nearest hospital with four broken ribs just off the spine and a punctured lung. The emergency doctored looked at me and said if I wasn’t in such great shape ( I had just left a gym) I would be dead ( I was 58). Since then I have found it difficult to do meaningless work and today I am focused on building community which I believe is the only solution to the many issues we face from employment to global warming. The best part is we can make a difference if we do it locally and collectively.

    • As it turns out I broke 4 ribs, dislocated my shoulder, broke my hip, tore the PCL in my right knee and had a huge laceration across my shin where the shin hit the headlight. All things considered I was not badly hurt. More on this in my next blog post.

      Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Marc, I had no idea this was your pivot point. Very interesting. I look forward to seeing how you turned this around to making your time on earth as fulfilling and satisfying as possible!

  3. dineke kleyn says:

    A great story of compassion and it shows that life is not over after 40. It actually just starts.

  4. Thank you for sharing the details of your story, Marc. I recall you shared this with me in conversation but I had no idea of the magnitude. I have been reflecting on something recently – the saying that “Nothing lasts forever”. Bad days will end, and you should savor the good ones.

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