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Boxing Day Tsunami – 10 year “anniversary”

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A Sliding Doors Moment

“We’re born, we live, we die… sometimes not necessarily in that order. We put things to rest, only to have them rise up again. So if death is not the end, what can we count on anymore? Because you sure can’t count on anything in life. Life is the most fragile, unstable, unpredictable thing there is. In fact, there’s only one thing about life we can be sure of. It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”  Meredith Grey – ‘Rise Up’ Grey’s Anatomy

Death is inevitable, but in between birth and death our life takes us on a journey and we travel down a path that twists and turns. For some, circumstances beyond our control, creates a dramatic shift which alters our life path from its original course.

The 2004 Boxing Day Asian Tsunami was one of those moments that dramatically altered the life trajectory of so many. This Boxing Day marks the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 Asian Tsunami. For anyone who experienced the tragedy of the Tsunami first hand, there has been a journey of healing and a change in their life’s journey.

Read my story about three people impacted by this Tsunami – published in Queensland’s Qweekend December 13th-14th edition 2014.

Qweekend cover December 13-14, 2014

Qweekend cover December 13-14, 2014

Qweekend article 13.12.14 scanned

Qweekend Fatal shore article p2.

My personal thanks go to the Hallett family (in particular Helen – whose story motivated me to start researching this); Rod Emerson who courageously shared his story about losing his older sister, Kim. To Kirsty Wright who spoke so openly and honestly about a job which outside of their world, no-one really appreciates how harrowing it must be. Thanks also to Sarah Yip whose personal story did not make it into this particular article (due to word length limitations) but is one I will share on my blog (soon) as it is a special and inspiring story.

Special thanks to Alison Walsh – Deputy Editor at Qweekend who took a punt on this Freelance writer and supported me throughout the process.

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Author: Jenn Jay

JennJayTales was created as a place to share my writing. I share random blogs about activities of interest to me and maybe to you. Writing is a passion and there is nothing I enjoy more than meeting people and capturing their stories through my observations and words. As TRAVEL is a huge passion of mine, I've created a travel blog http://travelbugwithin.com.au/ Please enjoy Jenn Jay Tales and if you consider my writing style as something your magazine, book, blog, on-line publication, website or business may be interested in, please let me know - I'm keen to write for you. Email me at jennjaytales@optusnet.com.au

4 thoughts on “Boxing Day Tsunami – 10 year “anniversary”

  1. Great work Jen … that’s a brilliant read.

    🙂

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    From: jenn jay tales <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: jenn jay tales <comment+phdpa0uqthb1zqqtcs88abb@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Sunday, 14 December 2014 1:21 pm To: Caroline OBrien <caroline@australiangrouptravel.com.au> Subject: [New post] Boxing Day Tsunami – 10 year “anniversary”

    Jenn Jay posted: “A Sliding Doors Moment “We’re born, we live, we die… sometimes not necessarily in that order. We put things to rest, only to have them rise up again. So if death is not the end, what can we count on anymore? Because you sure can’t count on anything in li”

  2. wow Jen ! you are amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:21:46 +0000 To: melindakruger@hotmail.com

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