|From:||that frolicsome kid|
|To:||Whom this may concern|
|Date:||26 September 2006, 18:06|
|Subject:||How my life has turned around...|
...a bit! Actually it's more like shock, disbelief, then acceptance, and feelings of admiration and determination. I don't know whether you guys have heard of this before, but this afternoon, I received a forwarded email from my sister and it's about a teenage girl called Jacqueline Saburido who got involved in a "freak" accident and had 60% burns on her body (third-degree burn).
I admit, when I first saw the pictures of her after the accident, I totally freaked out! No offense to her nor anyone, but I have never seen such...pictures before. What happened was she was riding a car with her friends and suddenly a drunk driver crashed into their car which was later caught fire. She was stuck in the car and was burned intensely for 45 seconds! And I feel really sorry and symphathetic after reading her tragedy and I was flabbergasted. I mean, I can't stand little pain and sufferings and I will moan and cry, and here I am reading her account! *trembles*
So, she had to go for intensive surgeries and it took her a couple of years to gradually live a normal life. I really admire her because despite all the pains and sufferings she had to undergo during her therapy, she face them all with a strong and fiery spirit. And I really really admire her determination and courage! For a person who is disabled, she managed to overcome all the odds! Read the full article here. Please, I recommend you to take your time and read it. It's a really good testimony and article.
From my point of view, the moral of this story isn't really about drivers should not drive while drunk (although the authorities there took it as an integral part of their 'Don't drive while drunk' campaign) but it's more on how life can seem very short and precious, and that we should appreciate our life, as well as the everyday things which most of us take for granted. We never know when these will be taken away from us, and only at that time of "removal" will we know how valuable they can be.
I wish her all the best in living her life now.
Her accident and how she managed to go through all the odds will forever get imprinted in my memory for many many more years to come, and something to reflect on when I start to get angsty again =P.