Too bad none of that shite happens in real life...
I used to think I am a level-headed person when I get into a crisis. I'd pride myself as a leader of sort when looking at the flight attendant's eyes and saying to her, "Yes. I've heard the instructions on the placard and can life more than 20 lbs. in the event of an emergency." I would watch Lost and say, "Oh, I could do Jack's job. Lead these fawkers off the island? Noooooo problem." Who the fawk am I kidding?!
I am learning more and more that if everything is cruising quite nicely, I make an excellent leader. If a few things go wrong and there are bumps on the way, I'm still a pretty good leader. But if the shite goes down within 2-3 seconds, I'm a freakin' useless idiot as I go through 7 emotions as once and my mind races to the most negative thought I can think regarding the situation. It kinds sucks having to come to that realization as I now recognize that I'm becoming even more mortal in my older age.
It got me thinking. You never know how you'll react until you put yourself into those situations where you test your inner will to survive and thrive. Things that fall into this category for me:
It's hard to say. I get mind flustered on simple shite like the air conditioner breaking or my basement flooding. I can't get my brain to calm down when I think Lola's gone missing on one of her sunbathing expeditions. I never associated myself with someone who would panic in a situation. Now I've learned that I would.
I need to work on being calm, collected, and fearless. Living in the moment is going to be the best way of doing it. Off to the bank!