Not a great photo, but this is the fallen oak tree branch that tried to kill me during the latest rainstorm. I heard the crack, then a major hit to the support beam above my tent, then the whole tent collapsing around me, the branch resting on my shoulder. I thought I was a goner. But no!! Not a scratch!! As my sister saw the whole thing, she ran out to see if I was dead.. nope!! My dad quickly removed the broken trunk and rebuilt the tent, as if nothing had happened. Just another morning living in the forest. So as bad as my month has been with first-world problems, I am happy and lucky to still be alive and not mamed by a #widowmaker. Not sure it was a #neardeath experience, but if that metal support beam hadn’t been there, it would have really fucking hurt. It would suck getting killed by a tree. #gratitude#forestlife#closecalls
Life lessons continued. 1) surfing solo: no bueno 2) always use the leg leash, w/o it the board can fly higher in the air and is much more dangerous on its way down 🎯 3) thankful that I wasn’t knocked unconscious being alone in the surf 4) as it’s too early for guards on the beach, grateful that I was able to make it on foot to HB lifeguard HQ in time. Blessings to the guards and paramedics that were on site to help stop the bleeding 5) life is full of ups and downs - gotta ride the middle 6) being my arrogant self, this picture makes me realize it’s time for my tattoo neck piece 7) you play, you pay 8) scars remind us that the past was real 9) No #YOLO, You Only Die Once, you LIVE EVERYDAY, 5/14/19 a day I will never forget 🙏😇 10) 🥂to life and those there for me🤙🏼
The time I almost died...again.
A short story.
So on May 11, 2019, the 39th anniversary of my years trolling the earth, I almost died.
#truestory and that's not me in the pic but while driving home from Vermont >NYC >PA =6+ hours each way...I fell asleep behind the wheel and drove off the road. I hit some stuff, messed up my bumper, blew the tire and messed up the rim.
I'm fine. My kids are fine. The car is...meh.
What's my point....well I have 3.
Point 1 - know your limits. I pushed my limit and almost wiped out from it.
Point 2 - who knows how much time we have left. That could have been the end of my story. So give more love, accept more love and honor each day.
Point 3 - if you are tired while driving, just pull over...like really just stop where you are and give yourself a break. I kept telling myself that I could make it but then woke up driving off the road. Be safe out there, for yourself and others.
I almost got ran over by a car last night, shortly after being asked what I would want on my tombstone! 👀😅
This was not my first encounter with a mindless driver at an intersection. I did the usual stop and shriek. It got her attention and I told my BFF what just happened. He asked if I was ok, then we laughed about how well prepared he was to deliver my eulogy! 😝 We’re both nine lifers. He told me of how his helicopter almost went down in bad weather over the weekend as well! 👀😅
Anyhow, this is what I said more or less:
Trudy Miller lived life on her own terms and shaped circumstances to suit her, while providing others with the tools and inspiration to do the same - in their own unique way.
If I could have a picture on my tombstone as well, this would be it. Special thanks to @catguthrie8 for this shot last summer! 🙏🏾❤️🌈 And since last nights reminder of my mortality, it feels like a fitting time to announce that I’ve been working on some new tools for well over a decade, after 10 years of initial testing. I’m super excited about it, and looking forward to sharing more, so stay tuned! 🧚🏾♀️❤️🦋💫 #closecalls#notimelikethepresent#flamingos#felines#ninelives
Firefly and I started learning how to jump into water this weekend off the tiniest downbank known to mankind. It took us a few tries, but I think we figured it out. However, I have a pretty amazing Fail Friday on this topic for tomorrow ... 😬 #closecalls 📸: @mattbrunnerofficiel #rwstyle @ridingwarehouse
That was super close lol! Pinned up against a wall with a guy rushing and 3 enemy traps closed in on me... phewwww bro that was a heart pumper lol
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