Exercise Wednesday: Getting back on the horse
A few years ago, I got into an accident. It was about to rain and I was late to pick up my daughter. When I pulled out into the intersection, I swore to God I didn’t see any cars. At least I didn’t see any until I pulled in front of one of them. I can still see the woman’s face as she realized she was going to hit me. The final toll was my car–actually my daughter’s–and three others. No one was seriously hurt, but I stopped at the Urgent Care on the way home to have the softball-sized lump on my leg looked at.
After the accident, when I closed my eyes, I went through everything. There was no way to avoid the accident, as I didn’t see the car. I couldn’t have done something different because I just missed it. If I were in the same situation again, the same thing would have happened.
I made sure to drive the next day. As soon as I could, I drove through the same intersection. It was important to me to do that. It might have made the images in my mind go away. More likely, it made no difference. But it seemed important to me.
At some point in every life, someone goes through the same experience. You fall off a bike. You get thrown from a horse. You pull out in front of a car. And the time and place stick with you so you have to face them again.
Today’s exercise is for your character to get back on the horse. How does it feel? Is your character nervous? Frantic? Terrified? Are they outwardly calm–and if so, what’s the price of that calm? What’s driving them to get back on the horse? Is it internal? Something their father said? A dare that has to be met?
Time limit: 20 minutes