If you follow BBP on social media, you’ll know by now that this weekend Lindsey got into a pretty serious accident when a car hit her on her bike. We’ll let her tell the rest:
I’m not going to make an already dramatic story more dramatic by telling you all the gory details of my accident. I was riding my bike from one Barry’s Bootcamp studio to another. Cut to me getting whacked by a car, flying over my handlebars, backpack and sunglasses tossing in the air and me as a ragdoll hitting the pavement hard. What I saw was my hands fly out in front of me, my sunglasses hit the pavement and then me nose dive face first into the concrete. Then black. To say it was one of the most horrifying and painful experiences I’ve ever been through would be an understatement.
In my shock, I immediately stood up. Then, as I realized I was covered in blood I took a page out of Brandi Chastain’s book and ripped my shirt off, fell down to my knees and covered my face in it. Fortunately, the accident happened right by NYU Medical and within 30 seconds I had two doctors and one nurse by my side to help me. Was this Grey’s Anatomy? Is McDreamy about to see me laying on the ground as he’s crossing the street? I wondered.
As I was laying on the ground, looking up at the very clear, very blue New York City sky, I wasn’t thinking about how much it would suck if I died today. I wasn’t thinking about how my face might be mangled and never look the same. I wasn’t thinking much about me at all. My first thoughts went straight to the people I loved. I knew the news of this would cause a lot of people pain, worry, and suffering and I hated that they would have to go through this.
I knew I had to call someone and tell them I had been in an accident. I picked up my phone and gave Amber a call. I knew I had to tell her all the important information right away. “I got into an accident. I’m ok. I was hit by a car. I’m ok. I’m at 34th and 2nd. I’m ok.” She was out the door and on the way the second I called.
Can you imagine getting that phone call? I feel like I was luckier to be on my end of the line. The first things you feel when you hear the news that someone you love – your best friend, your mom, your brother – has been hurt? That is fear staring you right in the face. Your whole life changes in an instant. But what do you do? You have no choice. You have to be brave. You have to show up, look fear in the eye and say “Move aside, you are in the way.” I was lucky to have someone like Amber there to help me that day. To sit in the ambulance with me. To help me with paperwork. So hold my (bloody) ankle while doctors were stitching up my face. To sit for hours with me waiting to see what might be broken.
The biggest takeaway I have from this accident? Life can change in a second. And if you are fortunate enough to have people in your circle, on your team who are willing to look fear in the face and say “Not now, get out of my way” then you are more fortunate than you can imagine. I am fortunate enough to have a best friend like Amber, a family, friends and a community like Brave Body Project standing in my corner. Thank you for all the support you’ve given us so far. I might look like a member of Fight Club right now but it’s because of all of you that my spirit remains strong and I will continue having the courage to move forward knowing you’re all right behind me. Today I celebrate life and all of the amazing people who are in it with me.