From now on, Kevin Hart says, he will take no aspect of life for granted.
The comedian and film star posted an intimate video Tuesday night of his road to recovery following a serious car crash that broke his spine in three places.
"Basically, what you realize is that you're not in control. No matter how much you think you're in control, you're not in control," he says as the nearly two-minute clip begins. The footage then shifts to images of his totaled vehicle.
"At the end of the day," Hart says, "it can all be over."
The 40-year-old celebrity was riding with friend Jared Black in September when Black crashed Hart's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. The vintage car rolled into a ditch in the California area of Calabasas. The California Highway Patrol said Black, who was also injured, was driving recklessly.
"My world was forever changed," reads text accompanying footage that shows Hart bedridden following back surgery.
The video goes on to show nurses helping him stand for the first time, then documents his grueling physical therapy sessions, during which Hart grimaces in pain.
Hart continually reflects on the importance of giving thanks.
"When God talks, you gotta listen. I swear, life is funny. Because some of the craziest things that happen to you end up being the things that you needed most," he says.
"My appreciation for life is through the roof," he said. "Don't take today for granted because tomorrow is not promised."