Life Updates

Alright. So first, I owe an apology. In my previous post, I mentioned a post I would be writing that would be a bit of an open letter to some friends from college with some further reflections. That post was intended to be written and completed for last Sunday’s post. If you follow my writing closely, you’ll notice that I didn’t post at all last week, there’s a reason for that and I’ll talk about that soon. But I wanted to say that the open letter post will be coming out tomorrow. That post is going to mean a lot to me, so I want to make sure I do it right.

So, transitioning to the updates.

We’ll start with why I didn’t post last weekend. Long story short, I was in a car accident. The accident was Tuesday, August 28th, while headed into work. I know that’s a long time before I usually post on Sundays, and I should have had the time to write anyway, but I learned that there’s a lot to be done concerning car accidents.

I had never been in any kind of accident before. I’ve never even been pulled over for any kind of violation. Needless to say, it was all new to me, and more than a little overwhelming. I’ve learned of how many different thoughts go into your head after an accident: “What if I had taken this way in to work instead?” “What if I had stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts that morning for breakfast like I had thought about?” I’ve analyzed every different way that the accident couldn’t have happened. But that doesn’t change the fact that it did. And in that accident, my car was totaled (see below).

Car Wreck.jpg
My car had seen much better days. Yes, that is fluid leaking onto the side of the highway. Also, I found out that my passenger door would not open.

Now, I’m not going to get all dramatic and say, “I feel so lucky to be alive” or anything. Honestly, accident like that happen every day. I do feel very fortunate that neither myself nor the other driver suffered any severe injuries as a result. About a week and a half out, I still have a little bit of a sore back, but all-in-all, that’s not too bad.

I will also absolutely say that I’m incredibly thankful for the behavior of the other driver through all of it. The last thing I wanted was to get yelled at and berated first thing in the morning for this accident. Instead, I was met with understanding, calm, and reassuring behavior. So, once again, incredibly thankful for that.

Being in an accident definitely wasn’t fun. I was originally planning on keeping my car for about another year and then upgrading to a truck. That plan obviously changed with this and that timeline got moved up quite a bit. So I spent my Labor Day going out and buying a truck (once again, below). More thankfulness here that my dad and my girlfriend came along with me and didn’t make me experience that alone!

Still working on coming up with a name for this guy – accepting suggestions.

So not all of this was expected, but I’m certainly grateful. I love my new truck, and I’m just happy that nobody was severely hurt in any of this. I’m also grateful for the people at work who helped me out through this process, even if I temporarily received nicknames like “Crash” and “Wrecker.”

On that note. Work!

For those who don’t know, my journey as a college student has ended. I graduated from Messiah College in May, after four great years. You can check out my last post for some of my reflections and lessons learned in that time. Check back in tomorrow too when I put out that post I talked about up above.

My journey has now moved on to the working world. I spent summer of 2017 interning with Wohlsen Construction Company, with the blessing of being able to be a part of a project at Messiah College. They offered me a full-time position last October, which I accepted. I started working in the middle of June, and have been all over the place with it. Working in the construction industry is fast-paced, sometimes stressful, and always rewarding. I’ve loved every second of it so far.

The project I’m on is about a half-hour from where I’m from, so I get to stay around home an extra year or so. I was expecting to be on the site full-time almost right after starting, but I’ve still been mostly in our office in Lancaster. At first, I was a little bitter to have to re-locate for as long as I have, but I’m starting to realize that it was also a blessing.

For example, I got to spend more of the summer in the office and get to know more people there – including a great group of interns – before leaving for the site. This is going to be really helpful when my project finishes and I get to come back to an office where most people actually know who I am instead of thinking I just got hired.

Outside of these things, not too much has really been changing too dramatically. I’ve been on two different vacations as well. One in late May/early June to South Carolina with my family and my girlfriend for a week, and one in July to Ocean City, New Jersey with my girlfriend and a lot of her family. I’ve barely been in the working world for 3 months and I’m already seeing how great vacations are.

I’m sure there’s some things I’m forgetting and leaving out, but it’s not at all intentional. As time goes on, there may be some blog posts that go a little more in-depth to some other parts of life where I’ve been learning, but this is all for now!

I’m thankful for everyone who has been alongside me through the changing chapters, and I look forward to experiencing more of life.

To God be the Glory.

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