I Googled what half-a-second is in a word but I couldn’t find. I’ll search again. Whether I see it or not, it matters not.
Somewhere in Nigeria yesterday, I’m on a bike frowning to the bank to do some transactions.
My mind does a flashback: These days, it always does that. It seems like I’m caught in-between two worlds: flash back world and face forward world.
In flashback, I reminisce on what happened in a bus to Oshodi. How two humans flew like insects and gbam into a gutter of about 4ft (my eyes are trained to measure…so, yes, I was able to get the almost-accurate feet). Once upon a time, I read that an accident happened and the man flew like an insect and smashed his head on the ground *insert all gory details of deadly impact here*.
I thought that writer exaggerated and was too graphic but the day my eyes saw what they saw at Oshodi, I knew. I discovered it’s true.
It was just half a second that saved both men. Half a second. I counted it.
And their heads that would’ve been smashed was saved by few inches.
Someone in the bus I boarded kept shouting, “Na God, na God.” I’m quite certain someone outside was saying, “It’s the handwork of the devil.”
Devil and God: Religion. I can’t deal. Not that day. I shook my damn head sadly like SMDH and looked at the man peripherally.
This dude was trying so hard to explain away an accident that occurred due to the carelessness of a man – the rider of the okada.
Another man came forth to tell the passenger on the okada that, “It’s a sign that you shouldn’t travel today,” right after the passenger said he was heading to the park to board a bus to his destination.
It’s simple science: <If else> conditionality.
If you drive at top speed and you see a vehicle coming but you don’t have sense to stop but keep coming like you’re super man, if the vehicle slams its brake and leaves just few inches for you to swerve to survival, you’re almost gone or gone like products on auction.
Going… going… gone! What a short life!
Drive sensibly. You have people who care about you – even if you don’t care about yourself.