the impossible

3 Mar

One of the things that really scares the hell out of me are natural disasters. They are unpredictable, terrifyingly powerful and completely and utterly uncontrollable. One such natural disaster was the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake which caused the tsunami that cost the lives of more than 230,000 people.

When you are lucky enough NOT to experience such thing first hand, you tend to forget about such a horrific tragedy shortly after. You are numb and petrified, you are in awe of nature’s power and you try to put yourself in the shoes of the less fortunate.  For a while. And then the effect starts fading away. I wish it lasted longer but it really doesn’t.

I had forgotten about it until yesterday when Alex, N. & I sat down for a movie night to watch ‘Lo imposible’ (please explain the spanish title when the cast and the language spoken throughout the movie are both English).

The truth is that I did not have any intentions of watching it. When Alex insisted and N. suggested the other night that we should watch something of substance (while we were ‘wasting’ our times watching the Oscars) I gave in and agreed to watch the true story of a family who managed to survive  the tsunami of 2004. It was powerful, at times pretty disgusting but most of all unbelievably scary.

The reason I did not want to watch it is that I don’t consider myself strong enough to face the impossible. Not the movie, but my fear. My absolute worst nightmare of all, the loss of a child.

It was not so much the movie though that made me shiver, but the documentary I watched the day after on YouTube, tsunami-caught on camera (part 1-6).  I urge you to watch this (should you have the stomach to endure the full 6 parts).  It is shocking and immensely sad and as painful as it gets.

You will probably think (as I did at first), I have enough ‘problems’ already, why should I suffer and watch something that terrible? Well…for most of us, who were blessed not to experience something like this, it is one hell of a wake up call!
And who doesn’t need one, every now and then?

Until next time





8 Responses to “the impossible”

  1. expatsincebirth March 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi Tatu, I agree on that: I went out to watch a movie with a friend yesterday and she suggested, among others, The Impossible or The flight. I can’t watch these kind of films right now, as I would have to face the same fear-nightmare you mention. Since I have children, it’s like this and I can’t change it…

    • wonderlandbytatu March 4, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      I know what you mean and if it had been up to me I wouldn’t have watched it either…

  2. ramblingsfromamum March 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Our coping mechanism is our memory, tragic events that occur we have the ability to block from our minds… in time. Some things will always spark reminders now & then as you say. So we can realise how fortunate we are. Perhaps you should read my don’t open the door post then go give your angels some hugs. xxxx

    • wonderlandbytatu March 4, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      I gave them hugs, I kissed them a thousand times but I know that I will soon return to my routine and dwell on the insignificant ‘problems’ that life brings our way…I will do my best though to remember the TRUE problems in life…That was one of the reasons I wrote about it…to keep it a bit longer in my head & heart. xxx

  3. March 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I know of the movie but am not sure if I want to see it. I feel like the Connecticut shooting was a huge wake up call for me and many Americans.

    • wonderlandbytatu March 4, 2013 at 8:11 am #

      yes…for me as well…I guess every, single parent in the world was shaken up by the Connecticut shooting…

  4. Anka March 4, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Oh, this is a tough one. I don’t think I’d be able to sit through the documentary. My own fears keep me up at night. Still, I applaud you for being brave and reminding us that we all need a ‘wake up call’ from time to time.

    • wonderlandbytatu March 4, 2013 at 8:13 am #

      yes, I know what you mean. I am surprised I managed to watch all six parts…Two days later and I am still shaken up…

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