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The rain came down in buckets. The fog was so thick that you could barely see the car in front. Driving from San Diego to LA in such conditions is best reserved for the brave or the foolhardy. But my best friend Julia recently took up cooking, and had invited us over to sample some of her new creations.  Unlike me, she takes the time to plan out every ingredient and follow the recipe to a "t." So the thought of canceling never entered my mind.

I dropped off my husband at Julia's house and drove to get my hair done, promising a quick return in order to help out in the kitchen. On the way back, the rain fell heavier and the fog grew thicker, but I didn't worry. Even though LA was no longer my home, I knew all the shortcuts and felt that even in the horrific weather I could make it without any problems. I called to announce my arrival in about five minutes, to which Julia responded with a sarcastic "r-i-i-i-i-ght."  I hung up with a smile, thinking that she obviously forgot I knew the shortcut.

As I turned off Mulholland drive and drove through the familiar side streets, I noticed bags of sand lining the side of the road. I also remembered there being a small fence instead of an open cliff.

I continued my way up the hill, and soon found myself in front of a locked gate barricading an undeveloped property. Now I knew I was in trouble. With a steep cliff on the right, a hill on the left, thick fog and banging rain, I couldn't see ahead or behind me. How was I going to wheel out of this one?  

Realizing I had taken a wrong turn, I began to feel the first stages of panic. With pounding heart and shaking hands, I grabbed my cell phone and dialed for help, only to discover I had no reception. So there I was—high in the mountains, almost no visibility, and unable to call for help.  The only one I could depend on was me.

Unable to turn my car around, I decided to back out of the tiny unpaved road.  But as I began easing backwards, the rain prevented me from seeing where I was going. I briefly considered parking the car and walking down the hill. But with the ground so slippery and muddy and the cliff yawning perilously close to the road, I quickly vetoed that idea.
By now I was almost in tears.  Taking a deep breath and collecting my thoughts, I decided to inch my way backwards in the car, getting out and checking the road every 1 to 2 minutes, a tedious and stressful process that had me soaking wet in no time.  Part of me worried about ruining Julia's dinner party.  The other part did NOT want my husband to get "the call" announcing something horrible had happened to his wife.  

Ignoring my wet hair, and with images of my life circling in my head, I continued my agonizingly slow journey. It took 20 minutes to get down a hill that normally would take less than one. When I finally got back to Julia's house I was shaking like a leaf. It took a good hour and several drinks to calm me down.  

After regaining my composure, I raised my glass and said a toast, thinking of all the people I've ever come in contact with:

pictureAs we rush through our lives, we sometimes neglect to appreciate what we have because we're too busy getting it all done. Sometimes taking a wrong turn can be deadly, but sometimes it can be a great reminder just to slow down and get a grip. This was one of those moments. As we approach the New Year, I hope that each and every one of you will reflect on my experience and use my "wrong turn" to your advantage.

Live, love, laugh, and remember that life is a gift that we have to cherish.

Here's to you and your health!


Happiness and Success in 2011 and always!

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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Oh Yana!  

      You are so brave..... I’m not sure what I would have done in your situation but thankfully you are ok.

      I will use your “wrong turn” as a gift. Thank you!



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      UK Girl wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • OMG Yana that is so scary thank goodness your okay honey heart



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      Bijou wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • The only part of your story that didn’t work for me were the “several drinks.”  You would think that numbing your mind to the lessons learned would be counterproductive. Also, how was that toast after “several drinks?”  Not as cogent, or possibly as powerful, as it might have been.  People rely too much on alcohol for succor.



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      Ivegon1 wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • God was with you all the time. You are right, we sometimes forget about what is important in life and just run.  May God bless you and all my friend in F40. Hoping all of you have a bless and happy New Year!  heart



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      Lazylola wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Glad to hear you arrived safe at your destination. I probably would have needed several drinks myself to calm down. heartheart



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      Anni63 wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Thank you for sharing!  Gratefully you are ok.

      Anni



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      Sueptx wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Your story brought back memories of when my husband was a fulltime musician. He had played in a venue on PCH. We lived in Palmdale at the time and didn’t want to drive all the way back there in fog and rain at 2:30 am so we headed for his cousin’s in Agoura. We also took a wrong turn and ended up on a narrow road at the top of the mountain pass with no white lines in the fog! Pretty stressful. A lot of prayers and patience got us back down safely and to cousin Heather’s.

      Experiences like these certainly do make you reach in to your core feelings and make you grateful for God’s guidance and a safe, warm home.

      Here’s wishingyou all a safe, abundant and peaceful 2011.

      Suep



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      Darlene Sabella wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Very true, life is full of twists and turns, and tricks and traps for the unwary.  You are lucky to be home save and if I look back there are many times that I was so close to that cliff.  Happy New Year my dearest of friends.  We will talk for sure, next year.  Love you madelyheart darski



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      Angelcart wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Yana, glad to hear you eventually made it there safe.  I have to say I too would of needed several drinks as well.  I’m sure your toast was right on!heart



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      Mztracy wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • I’m so glad you got back and got to have those drinks. I’d have had a couple or five myself!!
      heart



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      Needsomecarbs wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Good story.  I felt your panic and been there myself.  Glad you are safe.



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      Bijou wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Obviously, the Few Drinks  Lobby is alive and well! tongue out  Clearly, I struck a raw nerve among the tipplers!  Anyway, just an opinion.  I have been watching people all holiday overdo it in the name of fun.  Shame about the impaired judgment...



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      Godrescuedgirl wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Yana,  

      I am so glad you got back safely.



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      Stephanie Wolf wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Glad to know you made it back ok, and I know I would have had a few drinks to calm down after that.  At least you had the brains to know not to even attempt to turn around, but rather to go out the way you came in, and kept checking your situation and location.

      May the new year be a better one for all!

      Happy New Year to all, and don’t forget what has brought you to this point in your life.



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      Denise Richardson wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Yana!, I can so relate to your story because I had a simular one myself and I do thank God for sparing me and you, I’m so glad you‘re ok. Life is so precious to us.



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      Jewelrybyirina wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Yana,
      I am so glad to hear you are safe!
      Let this coming New Year will be scare free! Be Happy and Healthy!
      Happy New Year to ALL of you!

      Hugs,



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Dec 29, 2010
    • Good story and I’m glad your okay.happy



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      Linda L wrote Dec 30, 2010
    • A few years ago when driving back home from a late night party in an unknown area I got lost and panicked,
      but my daughter assured me that we‘re on the right road and to just keep going straight.  From afar her eyes saw a church in our area and she told me that we are safe. It was god who guided us back home.

      Thanks for sharing your story.  All the best to you and your family in the New Year!

      Linda



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      Cocofix41 wrote Dec 30, 2010
    • Oh Yana, i felt like i was there with you .
      Thank you for the story and the MOST IMPORTANT reminder to all of us to take Life as a Treasure!

      Ive had stories like that happen to me and my life rushed in front of me as it was happening and all i could think of was my family all because i didnt want to miss my drs appt or id be charged a 25.00 fee for no show. WHO CARES CHRISTIE! lol

      Life is a TREASURE Thank you for your post Yana hearthearthearthearthappy
      Christie



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      Marya1961 wrote Dec 30, 2010
    • Yana, as I read your story my body was filled with goosebumps..it is an experience like that which tests us to the core.  Thank the Lord you were able to think clearly amidst the panic and you are here to write about it..much love to you!heartheartheart



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      Janie Emaus wrote Dec 30, 2010
    • Yana,

       Great story!  Happy New Year.

      xxooxox
      Janie



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      Yana Berlin wrote Dec 30, 2010
    • Thank you ladies.

      I hope that everyone is ready for tomorrow, and the beginning of the New Year!

      Let 2011 be the best one yet!!!!

      Happy New Year!



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Dec 31, 2010
    • Yana..I am so glad you made it safe and sound..I was just in a car accident on Nov 29...I’m fine..but as I was hit and spun around dodging a van and then a tree and ending up half on a side walk and half on someone’s lawn...I kept thinking..please no property damage..it was scary indeed..but I once again was reminded how quickly things can change and to appreciate one’s time her on earth...my poor car did not fair so well..she served me well..13 years, 268,400 miles..I now have an 09 Rav 4 which will help with my design business..so your story hit close to home in a sense...just so happy your safe and sound!

      Here’s to a Fabulous 2011...may we all remember what really matters..the love of family and friends
      Many blessings to you,
      Paula



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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 31, 2010
    • Scary trip Yana....very happy you made your way back.  You know us women...are stronger than we ever give ourselves credit for!!!!



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      Cheekymonkey wrote Dec 31, 2010
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      I just read this. I’m so sorry I didn’t respond earlier.
      Yana, you should be so proud of your self but then you don’t strike me as a weak women maybe moments of weakness but not weak. there is a difference.
      I would have walked down the hill and I know about where you were. yeap walked, slipped , slid, rolled but I wouldn’t have been brave enough to back up. lol
      I’m so so so glad you are alright.estatic
      Hugs to you,
      Crisheart



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jan 2, 2011
    • I’m so bad at backing up in low visability situations, Yana, but I would have done it too!
      And what a great New Year’s toast! ;oD  

      Cathie



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