Prevent TBI: It is more than simply being lucky. It can wait.

It is no surprise how lucky you are. To simply be reading this means that you have deliberately and inadvertently overcome many of the instances of bad luck that have made it so others can’t be here today. Luck is an interesting feature in our lives.

Luck is something we cannot necessarily control, but we always consider it as a factor in our success or failure. This is not a resignation for putting effort into things that matter, nor is it surrendering to the unknown. It is simply recognizing that luck plays a major role in the random events that impact our lives.

Though we may not realize it, we gamble. Most of what we do is a gamble because we rely on the sheer randomness of countless variables to determine where we will end up. We gamble and we rely on luck to see us through.

We gamble every time we get in the car to drive. It is something we do multiple times a day without thinking of its potential dangers or much worse how we willfully contribute to those dangers.

If we are gambling and we want to be lucky, we can recognize that there are things that can contribute to our being unlucky. Texting while driving (distracted driving) is one of those things.

9 people a day are killed because of distracted driving.  1 in 3 drivers texts while driving.  You are 23x more likely to have an accident when texting while driving.   SLPs can prevent TBIs by NEVER driving distracted and increasing awareness of how dangerous distracted driving is.

9 people a day are killed because of distracted driving.

1 in 3 drivers texts while driving.

You are 23x more likely to have an accident when texting while driving.

SLPs can prevent TBIs by NEVER driving distracted and increasing awareness of how dangerous distracted driving is.

What is the difference between you and the person who accidentally killed the cyclist who had a husband, 2 kids, a mortgage, a throbbing heart with hopes and dreams and the desire to live a happy healthy life?

What is the difference between you and the person who killed the 8 year old at the crosswalk?

If you text while you drive, the only difference is luck.

They did what you are doing… they just weren’t as lucky as you are… for now.

If we understand how lucky we are and how we can contribute to that luck, then we see how absolutely fucking absurd it is to drive distracted.

You will be appalled to know what the content of the texts that shattered these lives forever.

It is a sobering experience to see how frivolous and life changing such a petty act can be. Imagine ending a life because you had to say “LOL see u soon”.

You make resolutions to be a better, healthier more productive person. If the goal is to become a better person, then not texting while driving is the easiest way of doing that.

Make the decision not to do it and be liberated by the fact that you won’t. It can always wait.

Don’t text while you are driving, at a red light or while you are waiting to turn.

You are a better (and more lucky) person not doing it. That is one resolution you can easily keep. It is a tragedy we can easily avoid.

That is also how you honor the sheer miracle of your existence and all the luck it took to get where you are.


Note: I was inspired to write this after listening to @peterattia and @samharrisorg. I highly recommend you take the time to hear this outstanding conversation. It will make you a better (and more lucky) person.



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