It wasn’t too long ago I thought my entire life was over. See, at one point in my life before I made my money work for me, I was in an auto accident, and I was lucky enough to ultimately walk away from the accident. My car, on the other hand, wasn’t so fortunate.
Maybe it was divine intervention or something; I honestly don’t know, but although my car my crumpled into a metal ball, I crawled out of the wreckage and got to live on for another day. Although, the headache I had afterward wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience.
At the time, I wasn’t even thinking about how my accident might have happened. I was just glad to be alive, and it wasn’t until the following morning I felt a sense of dread. The next day, I woke up in a cold sweat thinking about how on Earth I was going to get to work?!?! My car wasn’t much, but it was all I had.
From awkward first days to road trips with longtime friends, that car was practically an old war buddy. Also, it was my primary way of getting to work, and yes, New York had plenty of Ubers, but I didn’t have money to use one every time I needed to go somewhere.
And don’t even get me started on the repair cost of my car! That car was beyond saving, and with bills adding up, I needed to do something fast. I had a small savings fund of around $5,000 in the bank, but I didn’t want to dip into my precious savings fund — it was meant to get me out of my crappy apartment someday.
Then, I saw a billboard that probably saved my life and prevented me from becoming homeless. Outside of my cubicle office window was a gigantic billboard for a Long Island car accident lawyer. Although I never had a high opinion of lawyers (and frankly, until I needed it was annoyed by signage like this), it seemed like a sign from up above, and I couldn’t ignore this opportunity.
I don’t think I’d ever dialed a phone number as fast as I did that morning. Within no time, I was face-to-face with a car accident attorney, and the rest was history. It turned out the other driver who hit me was drunk at the time and was utterly at-fault.
My auto accident claim was somewhat open and shut, and even my car accident lawyer said it was one of the fastest cases they’d ever had. So yeah, I won more than enough money to buy another car and even some money for my pain and suffering.
The temptation to splurge on meaningless items was high, but I had started investing in the stock market and making other smart financial choices instead of buying things based on my impulse. I even managed to make it out of my crappy apartment. So, what’s the moral of my tale? Always invest your money, and sometimes it’s okay to allow random billboards dictate your actions!