8 Things To Learn From Survivors Of A Terror Attack

Terror attacks have been rampant in various countries of the world. And they leave behind marks, marks which sometimes can never be erased.

Samyak Sheth

Terror attacks are something that not only take away lives and livelihoods but also snatch away one thing that a human being needs in life – peace.

There have been many survivors of terror attacks across the globe. Here are 8 things we can learn from them and their experiences:

1) Even though it is hard to ignore the bad, try to see the good:

There are a gazillion things that are bad about what happens after terror attacks. These attacks drastically increase the anxiety of a person and make them vulnerable. It is during these times that you must try to focus on the good. Try to divert your attention to a baby’s laugh or the chirping of a bird. Try, no matter how hard it feels, to focus on the good.

2) It is vital to remember that you are not the only one suffering in life, there are people who are going through much worse:

There are people who do not have the basic things in life – like food, clothing and shelter. There are those who are suffering from problems that are beyond our imagination. Consider yourself lucky that you survived and try not to whine.

3) Reside in the present:

Worrying about what will happen next when you are not sure of what will be happening, or cribbing about what happened does not serve the purpose, rather be in the present and take it one day at a time.

4) Realise that bad things should not affect the good things in your life:

After a good thing has happened one should be very grateful and also be prepared that even if something bad happens, it cannot quantify the weight of the good. Good and bad are the nature of life. Both of them will happen always, you should learn to face it. There is a balance.

5) Overcome the fears that are staring back at you:

In life when you have the control over your thoughts and mind, it never matters what you fear and what you not because eventually you will come across all the fears. We are all human, we all fear something. But if you run from it, it will grow.

6) When everyone is untrustworthy, you will actually learn whom to trust:

After betrayal, people usually learn how to trust, or  even to gain trust. If you ever feel out of control, never share anything on meeting someone for the first time. Give it time. Friendship and trust is built over time. When you cannot trust the system, the security or even your neighbour, look inside and see whether that person is really untrustworthy or if you have trust issues.

7) Loosing hope is loosing life:

Hope makes you strong, loosing hope is loosing yourself. If you consider yourself strong, after every failure, your hope should be developed. Life is nothing without hope. Hope is what keeps things going. The hope of your seeing your children grow up will make you live through anything. The hope of seeing your better half smile someday will encourage you.

8) Accepting and embracing that life will never be the same:

It is like they say, change is the only constant. Life will not be on a standstill. People change, places change, relationships change. You have to adjust and improvise along with the changing times. Nothing ever goes back to what it was. Accepting this fact will make everything easier to tackle.

These survival lessons come handy even when we are dealing with a stressful situation in life. Life, is your friend, not your foe.

Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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