Last year around this time, I got into one of the worst accidents I’ve ever been in. I don’t remember the crash. One moment I was driving along on a rainy, wet road going about 30 miles per hour, and the next moment, I was waking up surrounded by smoke, with a giant canvas draped around me and my glasses knocked askew.
The giant canvas turned out to be a quickly deflating airbag. If anyone knows anything about airbags, it’s that apparently they’re really, really expensive, and once your car deploys it, most likely the car
- Won’t work
- Will soon be gone forever
I still can’t decide what’s worse: being in an accident that wasn’t your fault or being in one that was.
It’s definitely worse when it’s your fault. As I was to find out a few months later when my insurance rate, like, skyrocketed.
The point is. I hated the rain. A lot.
But that was a year ago. A year of driving with my eyes glued to the road, so focused I can barely talk to the person next to me. A year of gripping the steering wheel, and slamming on the brakes at the slightest change in speed. A year of heart-attack anxiety whenever I got into the driver’s seat.
And now? I guess it’s not so bad, but mostly because I get to wear boots and coats and scarves again.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This is a wonderful read for literally everyone who is not-white, and everyone who is white, or anyone who has ever not belonged.
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Book 1 of the Discworld Series)
As a self-proclaimed fantasy-obsessed nerd, I am ashamed that I have not read this book before.
This library extension app (for Chrome)! When you’re browsing books on Amazon or Goodreads, the app will pull up a(n on-page) list of books available at your public libraries. It’s literally what I’ve been searching for most of my life. And when I say literally, I mean literally.