Daily Prompt – Under The Snow

You were caught in an avalanche. To be rescued, you need to make it through the night. What thought(s) would give you the strength to go through such a scary, dangerous situation?

The thought of being trapped in an avalanche is quite terrifying. I’ve heard about people who have experienced this – some have died, some have lived, some have lost limbs. It’s quite scary, and for countries where it snows, it’s a dangerous reality.

Here in ‘Straya, we don’t have to deal with snow – even up in the mountains where it actually does snow, it’s not enough to be concerned about major avalanches.

If I were to be stuck in an avalanche though, after I completely lose my shit and have the mother of all panic attacks, I’d be focused purely on survival, and only survival.

If I was trapped by myself, I’d be more concerned about keeping as warm as possible; if I were with somebody else or a group of people, we’d all be huddled together to use our body heat to stay warm, rationing any food that we may have, and just doing our best to stay positive and focus on being rescued.

You see in the movies that people often talk about how they need to get through this for their <dog / husband / child / wife / family / etc> but I’m not sure if I would be one of those people that would use that as a focus or motivation to survive. That’s the kind of thing they put into movies to tug at your heart strings, and get you emotionally connected and involved – whether that is what actually happens in real life, I’m not sure.

I just don’t think that it’s something I would be thinking about. What about trying to survive for my own sake? How about maybe I just want to stay alive, for the sake of staying alive?! I shouldn’t really need any more motivation than that – if so, then clearly there’s more going on that I’m not disclosing, and should probably be seeking help for it, rather than hanging out in an avalanche.



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