Bali Bombing survivor, Carren Smith's story, teaches us a thing or two about fighting for our lives.
In her book, Soul Survivor, she describes the seconds before the explosion hearing a “ CLICK! CRACK! WOOOOOOOOOSH! She felt the pressure of something hitting her. A massive vibration that went through her entire body. Then she was instantly at the back of the club buried under bodies and body parts, with no understanding of what had happened. Carren goes on to tell of her extraordinary fight for survival outrunning flames and the smell of burning flesh; miraculously, leaping onto a 10ft brick wall to escape fire that was closing in on her. She jumped from that wall onto a wooden crate that broke her fall but trapped her as the splinters of wood tore at her leg. She cried out to people running past, for help, but they kept running. She was surrounded by people, but was utterly alone. She smashed the crate to pieces in order to escape. Carren’s story is so inspiring. But not because it's the story of an extraordinary woman who wanted to fight for her life…but because it is the story of a woman who thought she wanted to end her life …but fought for it, anyway!
In the interest of mental health awareness month, I wanted to share a little of her story with you on this important day, (the 13th anniversary), in the hopes of teaching you something life-changing. Carren wasn’t just thinking about ending her life. She had a plan that she had begun to execute by travelling to Bali. She had found peace in having made this decision—the decision to give up her life. And yet, when that life was threatened, when the very jaws of hell reached out to take it from her, she fought for it. She raged against the injustice of having her life stolen from her. The life she thought she no longer wanted.
So if you sometimes think you’ve had enough and are tired of the fight…remember this—if you suddenly, instantaneously, found yourself in a life-threatening situation, and it happens all the time, I guarantee you would fight for it. So why should today be any different? When you feel like giving up. Stop! Fight for your life—as if someone or something is threatening to take it from you. For a truly inspiring tale of a woman who beat depression, tragedy, terrorism and excruciating loss…after loss…after loss, Carren’s book can be purchased via this link http://www.carrensmith.com/shop/