Events That Changed Our Lives for a Reason

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"We had a blind date"
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There are events in our lives that have changed us forever. Were we schedule for these appointments, "for real bro'"? We just leave it to you appreciated reader... maybe you can try to remember some personal experiences that may come to your mind. But as we see it now, we could've been dead or maybe in a mental house. Let's see what we can share freely as we write.

Air Traveling

Is May 11, 2009. We are coming back from a trip to South America. By pure luck we are at the right moment and the right seat. We boarded a flight from Bogota bound to New York through Colombian carrier, Avianca Airlines. What was happening? Or what is going to happen? Let's hear from the Captain:

"Ladies and Gentlemen.Seems that... we are flying over Miami right now, and ATC tower control is telling us that we are safe to keep on our itinerary..."

What was he talking about? So far we were just over Floridian skies; clearly above Miami, and we would've been landing at JFK in the next three hours. Let's hear what was he trying to tell us:

"Is 2:01 p.m. and... in a few seconds, on your right window, you will see the Space Shuttle Atlantis lifting off from Cape Canaveral. Folks, just keep your eyes open and you will experience a first class event.."

Our passport stamped, before departure, "11 Mayo, 2009"
Our passport stamped, before departure, "11 Mayo, 2009" | Source

Feeling the World?

You want to know what we felt? We saw through our windows a ball of fire coming up in an angle, close enough to shake our emotions and lives. A sort of life threatening missile with changing colors from dark blue to incandescent yellow and back to phosphorescent orange. We could hear a dead loud sound. Those freaking thrust engines must've separated a few minutes later, but it was an spectacular view for 2:04 p.m. What you saw on TV, like the Challenger explosion back in 1986, we saw it face to face with no commercial interruption.

We wanted to cry and hug people. A human invention shaking and rattling our senses. Did we pay extra green cash for that ride? Nope! That was it. Space Shuttle Atlantis, was supposed to be grounded, as we said before, in 2007, but it lasted a little longer for our own eyes to see. Holy molly!

Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Sept. 1985
Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Sept. 1985 | Source

Why us?

Why did we have to experience that event? Did it change our perspective of life and science? Sure it did! We felt those goose bumps from a "divine" roller coaster. We felt an unexplainable deep change, immediately.

Passengers were totally touched for sure. A "new years eve" experience inside a pressurized aircraft.

On another note, silently, we did pray for teacher Christa McAuliffe from Concorde, New Hampshire -- As we baby-boomers know better than our new generations, she died on January, 28th, 1986 aboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger, next to six other crew NASA members.

We saw that ball of fire passed us by, and we thought of some kind of immortality beyond "Star Trek" or, "Lost in Space." The Atlantis crew could've waved to us, but they were busy facing a 6G experience against their shoulders, literally; talking about surround sound and 3D experience?

Atlantis final flight! July 8th, 2011

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

WOW You sure shook me up. Thanks for sharing this incredible and interesting hub. Have had a few things shake me up too and you're right always wondered why me? Passing this on.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

We do wonder what purpose these events have, because they are so tragic. Perhaps it is to shake us out of complacency...but it is hard when perfectly decent folks get affected.I share this, and vote up.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Incredible visual there to wake and shake one up this early in the morning to say the least! Yes, as midget stated above, sometimes we need to be shaken right out of complacency. I remember that day she died, as it was all so very surreal, no doubt. Excellent write, and I see Gypsy has already shared. Voted Way Up God bless In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Wow, your hub reminded me of being a young girl in school who watched that fateful trip on TV only to see it be blown to nothingness. I will never forget that nor asking my mom a million questions after viewing and witnessing that. I will forever feel for all the families and especially never forget that young teacher Christa McAuliffe. Thank you for sharing and have of course voted and shared too!!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

When we look back through history some great people lost their lives while serving mankind in some capacity, yet other lived beating all odds. I guess we will never really be able to make much sense of why things happen the way they do while we are living on this earth.

I can't even imagine how tragic that event must have been for those of you who saw it happen so close by as it was so tragic for all American's Treasure each day like it was your last as you never know about the future. You certainly shared a tragic piece of history with us in a very personal way. Voted up, awesome and shared.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A great reminder Joseph; so well written and poignant. Thank you for this; your heart and soul shine through in your writings, and that is as it should be.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I have never flown before and now I know why. That is a quite a shake up. I think there is a reason for everything and there is some cosmic message for you in these events. If there are any messages in store for me, I just ask they are gentle and don't make me pee my pants. Great hub!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

It is amazing when these events happen, we don't always know why but there is a message and a reason for these things that we experience.

Great article Joseph!


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Very informative and great hub! Voted up and more!!!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I am sooo jealous! the Space Shuttle? Wow! me and my brother always wanted to come over and see it, how fantastic. Saying that I do remember watching on tv the Challenger go up with Christa, and the funny, strange funny I should say, thing was that just before it took off I thought, no its going to blow up! the feeling was so strong I held my breath, somehow I knew, it wasn't like when you always think it, for example, I hope they are safe in that thing, it really was a premonition, I even closed my eyes for a second, and then the heartdropping moment happened, nell


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is one of the best! A great telling of a "telling" experience. I will have to give some thought to this one, and some of my own experiences.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Synchronicity is my guess about this, to answer why them and not someone else. Like wrong place wrong time but we certainly can't control even knowing. I am sure you treasure that picture or any others you have. Thank you for sharing that with us.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I can remember well the day of that fateful explosion. I was standing in the yard just watching it go up and all of a sudden: boom. Unbelievable.

Great Hub, Lord.

I have voted it UP, and shared.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Lord, what a great story! To see that through your own eyes, I am sure nothing else could compare. Your article is perfect Lord, built on real emotion and so well written. I always wonder if things happen for a reason. I like to believe that they do. Awesome story. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

The perspective we gain from life experience, especially the profound and goose-bumpy ones.

Thank you for sharing this 'up close and personal' of this life changing event. Voted UP and Awesome. Hugs, Maria


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee, the shake of our lives that will never go away from our memory indeed. Thanks for your support and we will see you soon.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Michelle, we all get affected, and there are hidden reasons in these events. First thing, we wanted to find out what was this Space Shuttle (Atlantis) was all about when we arrive in New York. The domino effect of knowledge can be profitable for writers. Thanks for your wise response!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Faith Reaper, when we started writing this hub, we weren't thinking about Christa. A deep feeling brought her into our mind. Like we said, these events really change your perspective of life. Thanks for leaving such a heartfelt comment!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Janine, Christa McAuliffe was suppose to give a science class lecture from space. I wonder how those kids would've seen her today, being already citizens of this world. Things happen for a reason, and we all cannot comprehend the subtle consequences that touch our feelings. Thanks for being a great teacher my friend!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Morning Pamela. We have touched the world literally that day. What we forgot to add, was the way Atlantis came out of nowhere. We were at 37,000 feet and we saw this Shuttle cut through a thick cloud, and then we shouted as though our Football team scored at the last second of the final game. There are no words to explain the feeling of accomplishment. Sadly, we don't live forever and the Challenger tragedy made us think about our limitations in a cosmic age. Thanks for your support my friend.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Billy, you are a wonderful writer as well. We all support each one and we win in the end. Hope to read your next installment soon.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Tammy, You should try parachuting from that Colorado Canyon, just to give you an idea of flying... Lol! Jokes aside, we hate turbulence. There have been shaking moments when we thought that was it. Planes are a hated need. Thanks for your fun commenting!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow Joseph, what a story - thank you for sharing and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Curiad, the experience was awesome. Was like being next to those engine thrusts by the launching pad. Take care my friend !


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

SommerDalton, Thanks for the follow and welcome to HP. Thanks for leaving a comment on this hub.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Nell Rose, premonitions are a real thing. My ex wife was reading Mark 13, from the Bible the night before September11. A priest told me that I was going to buy a new car 2 weeks before. Was he predestined to tell me? What you felt was part of your ESP abilities. I remember the day of the Challenger explosion and that was terrible. Take care!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

xstatic, I think you have more experiences than us. We would love to hear from you. Maybe a hub about them. Thanks for being with us!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Jackie Lynnley, just by being born around our time, as baby boomers make us special. We do think different from these new generations, but would not be able to live before our time: no TV, no Internet and not even HP. Thanks for stopping by. Forgot the camera in my luggage, and that was in the cargo area. My bad!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

mary615, That was worst! You being there and witnessing the Challenger's explosion must've shaken so many lives, talking about family and relatives of the victims. Thanks for sharing your own experience!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thelyricwriter, Morning Rick. Actually the emotions still take hold of us. As said before, I felt as though I was part of a party inside that plane. People started to shout and screaming, "is coming..!" "Where?"

"Shoot! is coming our way!" "Please, sorry to bother you. Can you let me get closer to your window..?"

Those were actual words from passengers. The shuttle was coming up and we couldn't see it until it broke through the clouds. Amazing!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Maria Couchara, we will never forget that moment for sure. Events that make us tick and really think. Have a great day!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi Lesley. I wish you would've been there, so you could've taken nice shots with your digital camera. I wasn't thinking and my camera was in my luggage. Thanks for your feedback and votes.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Lord De Cross...It was the first Space Shuttle I witnessed on a trip returning back from Key West..in 1986..it was the first time I ever felt so insignificant in life..I was so stunned..It was then that I made up my mind to move forward and never look back with regrets at anything I did in life..everyday would be lived as though it were my last. Family was first priority and life became a priviledge, not a gimme..

thanks for making us stop and smell the roses again..weel written hub..


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

KJForce, that was a cute take! Great and fun words from you as always. Have a nice weekend!


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GinaBina4 4 years ago from West Tennessee

Thank you for this hub. I have always been amazed at space shuttles. How awesome to be able to go into space. I remember feeling so utterly helpless and SO sad when any of them have malfunctioned and exploded. It really makes you appreciate & hold onto your loved ones that much tighter.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

GinaBina4, you really appreciate life after being touched by world events like this one. The memory is there and the lesson is evolving with our writings. Thanks!

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