Hi, everyone. I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. I know the topic is a bit random but it was something that has been on my mind recently. Especially since I was involved in car crash about a couple weeks ago. I live in Chicago and the weather is kind of erratic, it can go from 60 degrees and sunny during the day to a freezing 20 degrees at night. It all happened as my friends and I were coming home around midnight after a concert. I want to mention that I almost always drive when I go out and I always buckle my seat belt. Except this particular night I wasn't driving but was another passenger in car driven by a mutual friend. I also always believed in the idea the everything happens for a reason, I mention this because on this night for some reason I remember I didn't buckle up. So as we drove home everything was normal until we hopped on the express way. We were approaching an on ramp and I noticed that we were going a little bit too fast for the turn. Then before I could say anything to the driver I felt the rear end of the car kick out and lose traction. Everything slowed down at this point and the danger of the situation hadn't hit me, that is until the back end of the car hit the barrier. From that point on I can't really remember everything but what I do remember is the car bouncing from barrier to barrier like an over sized pin ball. All the while me without a seat belt tumbling around in the back seat, I remember my vision spinning and I felt like a piece of clothing in a dryer. The car made a final thudding impact and came to a stop. One of my friends immediately jumped out of the passenger seat and asked if I was okay. When he asked me I was still trying to grasp what just had happened, when I noticed that I was all sprawled out with my legs tangled with the two front seats. I wiggled my way out of the car and noticed that my glasses were still intact, and was apparently okay. That's when the driver stepped out of the car and we all realized that everyone was okay. It turns out that with the driver going just a little bit too fast was enough to lose traction on the recently iced over bridge road of the on ramp. I walked away of a high speed car crash with nothing more than a couple of bruises, some scratches and a feeling of being really tired that lasted for about a week. Looking back it was a miracle (and believe me I don't use the term miracle lightly) that anyone of us wasn't killed. In the end I found out that none of us were wearing seat belts, so that means that at any point we could have been tossed out the windshield to go splat on the blacktop. Also because we were on the E-way even after the crash we could have been hit by an on coming car but we got lucky.(There were some close calls though, especially with this Volkswagen who was flying on the road nearly hitting the crashed car) So ever since that day I been thinking a lot to say the least. Although something that has been bothering me is the fact that I appear to be over it. I didn't get the urge to enjoy life and take in all its beauty or any of that stuff. I just kind of been going about my business as usual, as if it wasn't a big deal. So I was wondering if this is a common feeling or if anyone else has had any sort of near death experience. I know this is a heavy topic but it was just something on my mind.