The Most Valuable Thing You Must Know About Yourself

When I was 18 years old I was in a motorcycle crash.

My friend was driving. I was sitting behind him. He’d just gotten a slick looking 250cc racing bike and I wanted to experience the thrill of riding a motorbike.

It was the first time that I’d even seen a 250cc motorbike, let alone ride on one. Both of us, young and stupid. He had a helmet on. I did not.

We were probably doing 80 when the car in front of us indicating right, turned left. Swerving right into our path. He couldn’t stop the bike in time and we ran into it’s side.

As I tumble rolled over the hood of the car, flying in the air I realized I did not want to die. Not today.

I hadn’t loved enough. I hadn’t lived enough. I hadn’t traveled enough. I did not want to die.

I hit the road and started rolling toward the pavement. The only thought in my mind was ‘I’m not wearing a helmet and the pavement is fast approaching me’. ‘Don’t die today!’

I stopped mere inches before I hit the pavement. My clothes ripped, my knees and elbow bleeding. Thankfully I had rolled as I’d fallen on the road, so no bones were broken.

I realized then, just for a split second. I mattered.

It was the most valuable lesson I learned about life. I matter. I matter to myself. I matter that I live. I matter that I do the things that I want to do.

And in this same light, I want to share with you – You Matter. Don’t wait for a near death experience for you to understand this.

You Matter.

Even if no one else cares, no one else notices you, no one else hears what you say.

You Matter.

Remember that – and do things knowing that you matter. What you say matters, what you do matters, every thing about you matters.