I’m going to talk about a time when I was in a dangerous situation. When I was ten years old two guys mugged me, they threatened me with a gun and I was so scared I remember thinking they were going to hurt me or even kill me. My father had a restaurant and he needed smaller bills to give change he could not leave the restaurant, so he sent me to buy some groceries. On my way to the groceries store two guys told me to come closer I refused and walked away as fast as I could, they came after me and grabbed me from my arms.
I can clearly remember them saying “What do you have? Give me all that you have or we will hurt you. ” I did not respond to them I was so scared that I could not do it they started to drag me to a near dumpster. I remember I thought that would be my end. Seems like it was not my time to go, because a man saw what was happening and ran to help me, he yelled at the muggers and they panicked they grabbed my cellphone and ran, they did not find the money my father gave me, because hopefully I had hidden it on my socks just in case and my precaution was worth it.
The man asked me if I was ok I was still in shock trying to assimilate what just happened but I replied “yes, thank you”, he took me to my father’s restaurant and told him what happened, my father hugged me and thanked the man for saving me. Being mugged was probably the scariest situation I have ever experienced. I was a 10 years old kid who did not know if he was going to return to his home or see his parents again. I never want to live that experience again and I would never wish that to anyone.
(May 30, 2006)
Life is full of unexpected surprises. There are many opportunities when one can secretly wish for something exciting to happen – something out of the ordinary. The real surprise is when the wish unexpectedly comes true. I never believed that something like this could ever happen to me; such a thing that would make me stop and look back at the events in awe. I think you would agree that something as simple as being lost in the forest for less than ten minutes should have no influence on my life. If you do agree, that makes both of us wrong.
Throughout my childhood, I loved the wild. My family and I would always go for a walk in the downtown forest of Coote’s Paradise. There were many times I thought of what could happen if we were to lose our way from the trail and have to live off of the land until we found our way back to civilization. I thought it would be the greatest experience ever.
As my brothers and I grew older, we continued to go for these walks with our parents but the dreams of living in the forest I soon forgot. That’s when it happened. We decided to take a different path off the main trail. Before I knew it, the path had disappeared and no one in my family could tell where we had come from. It was so unexpected. It gave me a feeling of excitement that can’t be described. Everything in the forest seemed different. The trees were a deeper shade of green. The birds chirped in a different tone. Vines covered almost every inch of the ground. One part of me never wanted this moment to end. I felt completely free from the stress of my life outside of the woods. It was this moment that I realized that I would much rather stay here for the rest of my life than go back to society.
I think that another reason that I felt carefree was because my parents didn’t panic. They took the situation under control and headed for any open area in hopes to find a map (many of these maps were found throughout the grounds, telling you where you were). From my point of view, at the time, it seemed as if they were excited as I was about losing our way. In the end, it only took my parents ten minutes to find such a map and we were back on the trail in no time.
An experience like this made me think about my place in life. I’m the type who loves seeking out adventures. When we were lost, I realized that I had everything I would ever need with me – my family. They’ve always supported me in everything I do. This experience made me realize that families need to stick together; you don’t realize how much you need them until, for a moment, you think they’ll be the last people you see for the rest of your life.
It’s incredible how much a simple thing like being lost in a forest for ten minutes will affect your outlook on life. Things like not being able to find your way back to where you came from make you appreciate the little things in life. Looking back on the day, I realize now that it was fate. Moments like that are few and far between and should be taken as a lesson. Surprises like this were, and always will be, an unexpected gift for all.