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.
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.