Probability plays a huge role in life. Where we are born, when we are born, and who we are born to are all integral factors that can greatly (or negatively) influence our lives.
So when we look at our lives and look at the role that chance has played on us, we can’t help but think that there has to be some sort of divine creator who rolls the dice. Or it can just be totally random and humans tend to anthropomorphize things to make it more relatable to us. But regardless, when we look at all the things that constitute who we are as a person and then look back at those events or moments, how many of those were truly in our control?
We certainly can’t control the family we are born into, or the country that we are born in, but we can control what we want to do with our futures and where we want to take ourselves. But there’s plenty of close calls in life. For instance, the people who chose not to board the plane on 9/11 or those who decided to stay home the day a bombing occurs. So on Reddit, we decided to ask people about situations that they just got out of in the nick of time to avoid trouble and pain.
‘A group of students were making fun of one of my history teachers back in high school. The teacher was Muslim so the group of students decided to make some crude remarks about her religion and then proceeded to draw a crude image of her on the board. I left the room in disgust and when I came back, the principal was reprimanding the group and the boy who drew it got a week long suspension and the rest of the class was relegated to after school detentions.’ (Julian Frank)
‘I traveled to Tijuana back in 1894 for a trip. As I was about to leave, I visited a burger place, it felt creepy at the time but I was hungry. I got my burger and left quickly. Upon returning home I found out that a lone gunman had showed up and opened fire on everyone. 21 people died and another 19 injured.’ (Anonymous)
‘I used to be a therapist and every year there would be a charity ball. One of the therapists got a suite in the hotel and after the ball we went up to the hotel room. As bottles were being opened and clothes were coming off, I knew this was a place where I had to leave. Lesson: don’t have group sex with people from work.’ (Jessica_Lastimosa)
‘I applied for a job at an interpreter place and although I got an offer I turned it down. Turns out, a few months later, a terrorist act occurs at that exact location where two interpreters died. The news coverage showed blood splattered over magazines, and the creepiest thing was that those were the very same magazines that I love to read.’ (Elena Ledoux)
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