February, 2009

It should have been the most frightening event of my life. I was sitting in a car, waiting die. I actually accepted that the impact - when it came - was going to kill my friend and I. But I wasn't scared. In fact, I was completely and totally calm.

The impact didn't kill us, though. That was a pleasant surprise.
TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet
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3 Responses Jan 31, 2011

I don't know about shutting down, Imogen. I think I just disconnected from the parts that were getting in the way.

I think if I had any degree of control over the situation and could affect the outcome, then I would have been more stressed. It was beyond my control, though. All I could do was concentrate on a 'phone call to the Automobile Association and try to get them to help us.<br />
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My friend later said I seemed oblivious to the danger. But when another car passed us, so close that the wind of its passing buffeted us and almost took off the wing mirror on my side, there was no denying that it was a hairy situation. I barely even responded to that, though.<br />
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I don't think it was a lack of fear. I think I just disconnected myself from that emotion. It was shelved so that it could be dealt with at a later date. Of course, I didn't think the later date was going to come. So... yeah... it definitely returned with interest.

That's an interesting reaction to have had. What do you put it down to?