The Scariest Day of My Life // We Need to Do Better
Disclaimer: This isn’t Our Usual Content
I am about to tell you about something terrifying that happened a few weeks ago. Many of you may have seen my Facebook post about it, but I wanted to take a moment and try and write out how I am feeling about the situation. This isn’t a light-hearted story, but I need to share it.
We Were on Our Way Home From Stone Mountain
Justin, the kids, and I were traveling on the interstate in Atlanta. For those of you who have experienced Atlanta traffic, you know that you will run into traffic and you will encounter erratic drivers. It’s unavoidable. You may on occasion, run into a situation where someone has road rage. I’m not talking about screaming out a window and making rude gestures. I’m talking about aggressive drivers who believe that they own the road and have no issue running you off the road. On this particular day, Justin was driving about 65-70 MPH and a car approached us from behind going much faster than we anticipated, probably around 100 MPH. I wasn’t paying attention. I was on my phone when I heard Justin ask what the problem was. That’s when I looked up and saw it.
Literally Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun
This man, in his rage about my husband not driving fast enough for him, pulled up beside us and pulled his gun on us. He had it pointed at me and all I could think to do was wave my hands, shake my head, and plead with this total stranger not to shoot his weapon. He finally lowered his gun and sped off. I was instantly shaking and crying, completely unable to comprehend what had just happened.
I could have been shot, my husband driving a car full of all of our children, could have been shot. And for what? Driving slower than 100 MPH on a busy highway? The world has to be better than this. Right? I’m so grateful that he chose not to harm us that day, but I shouldn’t have to be. I shouldn’t have to be relieved that someone didn’t happen to shoot at us that day.
Why Did This Even Happen?
I keep looking back at that afternoon and thinking that we, as humans, have to do better. We have to be kind to one another and spread love, not anger and aggression. We have to teach our children that it’s OK to be angry, but it’s not OK to act on that anger and harm other people. Sending my kids out into a world where people have the capacity for that much violence scares me more than anything. So, how do we fix this? I’m asking because I need an answer. I’m not sure if anyone has the solution, but I do know that as parents, we have the opportunity to teach our children to be better than that.
What Can We Do?
I know that this isn’t our usual content, but sometimes, we have to get serious about what’s going on around us. I promise we will get back to our regular wacky programming next week. I just hope that by sharing this, we, as a community, can learn from this incident and come up with a solution to create a better world. Follow more of our stories on our Facebook and Instagram and don’t forget to Subscribe to our YouTube channel.