Imagine yourself sitting in the front-row seat of a flight and suddenly, the pilot announces ‘Brace for Impact’. You are right there, witnessing the plane going down.
Well, Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009 and he shares his experience of surviving the crash (and the impact on life post-crash):
We have this bucket list, we have these things we want to do in life, and I thought about all the people I wanted to reach out to that I didn’t, all the fences I wanted to mend, all the experiences I wanted to have and I never did. As I thought about that later on, I came up with a saying, which is, “I collect bad wines.” Because if the wine is ready and the person is there, I’m opening it. I no longer want to postpone anything in life. And that urgency, that purpose, has really changed my life.
I no longer try to be right; I choose to be happy. [TED]