I was going along at full speed when I saw a hedgehog in the road, and braked just before the bend. Usually I would have just dodged the hedgehog, but the song I was listening to just made me feel like stopping and watching it for a second.
Just as I pulled up, a UPS truck came around that bend at full speed with its headlights off. I wouldn’t have even felt a thing.
The hedgehog was killed.
5/13 I had a bad scuba-diving experience. I found myself on the surface, too far from the dive boat to swim back, in rising seas, with a leaky tank and out of strength, being pulled out to sea by the current. My friends were still on the bottom exploring a sunken ship and I knew I was going to die.
There was no one around, no land in sight and I could barely keep my head above water. I had pulled my weight belt and was constantly filling the BC but I knew it was over for me.
Then a Coast Guard motorboat appeared. I called to them, they came over and pulled me out of the water. The mere fact that they appeared there, at that moment, in the middle of the huge ocean, is absolutely inexplicable.
6/13. I was in the kitchen eating lunch with my father. He lived in a very old house.
I was eating a burger, but when I took a bite all the vegetables fell down on the floor. I was always clumsy like that. I got up from the table to grab a rag to clean up the mess.
While I was reaching for the rag, the entire ceiling collapsed, right in the spot I had been sitting! There was glass and debris everywhere. My dad and I just stared at it in shock. If I had stayed there, there is no way I would have survived.
7/13. I almost died on my 17th birthday. I was coughing until I vomited, because no matter how hard I coughed I could still feel something at the back of my throat.
My mother took me to a pulmonologist; I could hardly breathe, and walking up a flight of stairs left me winded and coughing. He listened to my breathing via stethoscope and determined it was nothing but a bad cold.
I was already out the door when I heard my mother ask, "Doctor, what if it's influenza?"
There was a big flu epidemic going around at the time, so the doctor told me to go get an X-ray, "just to be safe."
What that X-ray revealed was a bit more serious than a cold. (continued...)