What Do You Learn When You Hit a Bump in the Road?

I have always been a great believer in chasing your dreams. As a life coach, it is something that I am always encouraging others to do. I tell my clients to speak their dreams into existence and get into the driver’s seat of their life. There is never the right moment to take that first step towards a new challenge. I recently had an experience that reinforced that idea for me. It reminded me always to appreciate every moment and not let opportunities pass me by. Why? Well, because you never know which moment could be your very last.

Anyone who has followed me for a while or who knows me personally will know that I believe in practicing what I preach as a Life Coach. I help other people by sharing my own story and the things that allowed me to turn my own life around. That means if I am telling my life coach clients to chase their dreams – I have to do the same! One of my dreams has always been to ride the Tail of the Dragon Route in Tennessee. So, when the opportunity to take a road trip came up in May 2020, I knew I had to grab on to that dream with both hands. You may have seen me documenting my journey on my social media platforms. As I made the trip to Tennessee, I met some great people and did my best to support local businesses along the route.

Sometimes Life Changes Your Plans

During my journey home, I was involved in an accident on my motorcycle. Witnesses say that I was launched clear across the highway from one side to the other. I don’t actually remember anything about the accident. I remember leaving my motel and feeling like I was going off the road and adjusting my bike to compensate for that. The next thing I recall was waking up and seeing my wife Tami’s face. I had no idea what had happened, but the look of fear on her face was enough to tell me that something was seriously wrong!

I had been airlifted by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Ohio, where I was placed in a medically induced coma for three days. I broke some ribs, shattered my eye socket, broke my nose, messed up my shoulder, and a multitude of other cuts and bruises. My wife was called to come to the hospital and was instructed to prepare for the worst. I wasn’t wearing my crash helmet, and the fact that I am alive is nothing short of a miracle. I spent a total of 30 days in the hospital before I came home. I needed surgery to repair the damage to my shoulder, and there has been a lot of physical therapy and speech therapy. I’m still struggling with certain words when I speak, but I have made an excellent recovery overall. My doctors have been amazed at how much progress I have been able to make in such a short time. I will be forever grateful for the excellent staff who helped my wife and me during this difficult time.

Lessons I Have Learned

Spending 30 days in the hospital has given me plenty of time to reflect on life. One thing that stood out for me was the importance of living in the moment. During my time as a life coach, I have advocated for this, but I’m not sure that I fully understood it until I came face to face with a situation that could have very easily ended my life. It made me think about whether I had any regrets in life or if I had taken every opportunity that came my way. I still have dreams that I want to achieve, but I think I have made the most of my opportunities. However, I also know that in the future, I am going to make sure that I live my life to the fullest and not wait for the perfect moment to take action! The right time is now! Don’t wait, because you might not get another opportunity. Never be afraid to follow your dreams.

Bennie Unfiltered!

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Coach Bennie McWilliams is a Life Coach in Saint Cloud Minnesota.  It’s time to start living your life unfiltered! Bennie is here to help you find your inner ninja through his unique style of motivational coaching. Learn how to protect your energy, control your destiny, and love your life!

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