In "3 Things I learned While My Plane Crashed", Ric Elias shares publicly for the first time his story and what went through his mind while his doomed flight plummeted for Earth.
In January of 2009, Ric's plane, flight 1549, crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York. He had a unique seat that day, 1D. He was the only one that could talk to the flight attendants. As they hear a big explosion and smoke starts to fill the plane, all they can say is "No problem, we probably just hit some birds." Then the pilot lines up the plane with the Hudson River, turns off the engine and says 3 words as unemotional as possible.
"Brace for impact."
As Ric looked into the eyes of the attendant he says "All i could see was terror. Life was over." During this time Ric learned 3 things and the first was that it all changes in an instant. He had this bucket list of things he wanted do, people he wanted to reach out to, fences he wanted to mend and he would never get the chance to do these things. He no longer postpones anything. The second thing he learned was that he regretted the time he wasted doing things that did not matter with people that did matter. He thought about his relationship with his wife, with friends, with people, and after reflecting upon these things he decided to eliminate negative energy from his life. He doesn't fight with his wife, he doesn't try to be right, he tries to be happy. The third thing Ric learned was that he only has one wish, and that is to see his kids grow up. Above all, the only thing that matters in his life now is being a great dad.
After watching this video it really makes me not want to postpone anything. I feel that if you get that close to death then you wouldn't take anything for granted, you wouldn't waste time, you wouldn't not appreciate being with family or friends, you would always see the good in things, and that I believe is extremely special. This man gets the privilege of a whole new perspective. It really makes me ask the questions: How would you change? What would you get done? How you would you change your relationships and the negative energy in them? And this one doesn't really apply to me, but are you being the best parent you can be?
Just imagine if you were in his situation. You came so close to death but you were lucky enough to come out alive. How would you answer those questions? How would you change?