January 14, 2018

1.4 Million Hawaiians Just Given a Free Life

At 8:07am on January 13th, 2018 terror struck Hawaiians as they saw this on their TVs and mobile phones:




Let's not understate the panic that occurred that morning.

People rushed home to be with loved ones, people said their final goodbyes and waited. Everyone truly thought they were going to die.

But what was it really like?

I read stories of people driving at twice the speed limit so they could get home to their children, of parents sending their kids into nearby stormwater drains, and of families huddled and wailing in fear. Others were less panicked about their demise and pursued a more peaceful exit - including golf, rest or sex. Some, as you might expect to see in the Airport '77 movie, confessed their long-held secrets to those that mattered.

Then, 38 minutes later, everyone was informed it was a false alarm. Someone pressed the wrong button.

During the hours that followed, for many, a sense of relief was displaced by existential confusion. These things happen when you accept death.

In the brief mental intermissions during the main event, people saw the shadows of their life's work. Many realized they had lived for a future that would never arrive. Others simply recognized that they were grinding through a life that didn't fully inhale the scent of existence.

For many, this event will be the catalyst that induces them to finally make the change they were never brave enough to make.

In the weeks to come, many jobs will be quit, marriages ended, relationships formed and mountains climbed. People in the state of Hawaii have been given a free life.

Their last life effectively ended on January 13th at 8:07am.

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