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金髪美女エマ・カレイがスカイダイビング事故から復活した話が超感動的!

20歳でスカイダイビングで事故に遭い下半身まひになったものの辛いリハビリを乗り越えて復活したオーストラリア人のエマ・カレイさんの物語が今ネット上で話題になっています。

1. 美しいエマ・カレイさん

 

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This was the exact moment and reaction I was hoping for. Thank you thank you thank you to everybody who made this possible. This was all you. If you have no idea what this is about, have a watch of my stories from last night. We surprised Hayley by secretly sharing her recipe book, hiding her phone so she couldn’t see any notifications and then this was her reaction when we showed her after dinner. Luckily she wasn’t too mad about me sneaking onto her website to make a discount code for you all 😂 Today is her actual birthday so the sale is still very much happening. Enter the code ‘HAPPYBIRTHDAY’ at the checkout to get 23% off (because it’s her 23rd birthday). Link in @hayleycarey_’s bio ☺️ Details of her book are on my story and in my last post. Thank you all, you feel like family 💛

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New life, who dis?

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EEEEE GUYS I CAN FINALLY TELL YOU! 🙈🎉 I’ve been so excited about this for the longest time… I designed a skateboard with @obfive and I’m so so happy and proud of how it turned out! As you’d probably know by now, last year I made a promise with myself to learn to skate because it’s something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do. I just assumed I wouldn’t be able to because of my legs but I’ve really surprised myself. I’ve been practising and practising and now I’m at the point where I can do it really comfortably while holding onto someone. It’s SO much fun and I’m so glad I gave it a go because now it’s one of my favourite hobbies everrrr. The board I designed is a cruiser which is actually the same board I used while I was learning, so it’s perrrrfect for people like me who are just starting out (also perfect for all the shredderz out there too). I’m so happy and excited to finally share this with you!! If skating has always been on your bucket list too, grab yourself a board and let’s get better at it together ☺️ promise it’s THE most fun! Link in bio 🙈🙈🙈

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Happiness. This is probably the most common thing I get asked about. How am I happy after what I’ve been through? How do I stay positive when I have to deal with some pretty shitty stuff? Honestly I’ve never really understood the question because to me it’s just a given. Before my accident though, I remember struggling to feel joy even though my life was seemingly perfect. I’ve realised it purely comes down to perspective. You can either look at what you’ve lost, or find a way to truly see what you’ve always had. I was once falling to the ground and thought I only had 10 seconds left to live, then I survived and got given and entire lifetime. I was told I would never walk again, now I get to wake up each morning, put my feet on the ground, stand up and take as many steps as I want. I once lived in a spinal unit and met people who could do nothing with their body but blink their eyes. I get to brush my own teeth and put my own food in my mouth. I get to hold someones hand. I realised one day that I would never feel parts of my body again, but you know what? I get to go outside each day, look up at the sky and feel the sun on my face. How on earth could I not be happy?

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So there’s this science experiment with baby monkeys. They are taken away from their mothers and put into a cage with nothing but a fake metal monkey. It’s not warm, it doesn’t move, it doesn’t speak, it just sits there with scraps of food inside. The babys all begin to form an attachment to this metal monkey because it is where they get their food. They don’t realise that the monkey is actually doing nothing for them at all. It is a cold, emotionless object, but it is the only thing they know of love. Then the scientists put something scary into the cage to see how the babys react to fear. All of the babys run to the metal monkey for safety and protection. They don’t realise that it can’t protect them and it never has. It actually can’t do anything for them at all, yet they still run to it like it will be their saving grace. They know nothing else of love and have nothing else to run to, so they see this monkey as their safety and their home. The point of the experiment was to show that monkeys don’t need a real, living, breathing being to form an attachment. When they have nothing else, they can become attached to something as unloving as an inanimate object who can’t do anything for them. Who can’t love them back. People can be like this to. We can love and love and love someone who is nothing but a metal monkey to us. We can love someone because they once gave us a scrap of food and we’ve clung to it like they’ve saved our lives. We can love someone that has done absolutely nothing to show that they love us in return. We can be too blinded by the fact that this person is all we know of love to see that they haven’t actually given us anything worth holding on to. We see this person as love because we don’t know anything else yet. But maybe it’s time to get out of the cage. Maybe it’s time to stop loving a metal monkey. Maybe it’s time to finally let someone love us back. You deserve more than scraps of food. So do I.

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It’s 1am and I should be sleeping because I have to be at the airport in 3 hours but my mind is in overdrive thinking about the past few weeks. My phone just gave me this memory from 5 years ago today (swipe across) and the first thing I noticed was how similar the photo is to the one I took today. I didn’t even mean to recreate the picture but it’s pretty crazy remembering how different these days were. I remember it perfectly. It was the first time I’d swam in salt water since I was injured and I was so excited. I couldn’t walk yet, so my uncle helped me into the water and to be honest I couldn’t exactly swim yet either, so I just held on and floated here for a while. It’s impossible to explain just how much it meant to me but I felt like the luckiest person in the world. I was meant to be in Italy or Spain or somewhere on the other side of the world and instead I was spending months living in a hospital… but in this moment, it didn’t matter. Isn’t that crazy? That floating paralysed in an ocean pool honestly felt just as liberating and freeing as swimming around in the crystal clear croatian water? That even though on paper one situation is undoubtably better, they both felt equally fulfilling? It’s comforting to think that this is where I was meant to go all those years ago but life took me somewhere else and it made me just as happy. Five years later I finally got to where I was going but the strange thing is, it didn’t feel like a milestone and it didn’t feel like I was conquering something big. The enormity of how contrasting my life was this time 5 years ago never really hit me. It just felt like I was a 25 year old, traveling Europe with my friends… exactly how it should feel. When I was paralysed I read a quote that said ‘life is so subtle sometimes that you barely notice yourself walking through the doors you once prayed would open’ and I couldn’t imagine that ever being true. I couldn’t imagine not noticing yourself getting the things you’ve always dreamt of. I thought it meant a lack gratitude but that’s not true at all. I understand it now because it keeps happening to me… I think it means you’re moving on.

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Honestly could my smile be any bigger? The shirt says it all 😬🙈😂 To all of the people messaging me asking about my knee, I still don’t really know what’s happening but I can assure you my smile is still this big and it’s actually not bothering me at all. Happy as larry over here 😊 Speaking of happy… it’s Make Someones Monday!! I feel like we haven’t done this in SO long so let’s make it a goodie! For anyone that’s new to our little monday tradition, it’s the day we spread some major love across the globe and put a smile on a strangers face. Insta stalk the person in the comment above you and leave a compliment for them in the comments here. Each of us have the power to bring happiness to another human being, which when you think about it is pretty damn cool. Ready, go! 💛 📷 @cottononbody

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2. エマ・カレイさんの物語

エマ・カレイさんは事故から厳しいリハビリを乗り越えて復活されましたが、その当時からの心境の変化をとうとうとホームページ上で述べられています。

以下が原文ですが、下に意訳させていただきます。

On the 9th of June 2013, my life changed in a single moment. One week earlier, I packed my bags and boarded a plane to Europe for a three-month trip I had been looking forward to for years. Five days into the trip, I found myself in Switzerland, jumping into a helicopter I was about to jump out of. Skydiving over the Swiss Alps had been a massive dream of mine for as long as I can remember, so I felt nothing but pure excitement and elation that it was finally happening. We were flying high above the alps, looking down at the tiny mountains which looked so big from below just five minutes earlier and as we were getting higher and higher, I remember thinking to myself ‘remember this moment’.

The feeling of free-falling was something I will never forget. I had always expected it to be a lot scarier but I can honestly say it was one of the best moments of my life. An overwhelming sense of calmness washed over me and I remember feeling like in that moment, I was exactly where I was meant to be. My daydream soon turned into my worst nightmare when the free-fall didn’t seem to stop. I felt the parachute come out and slow us down a little bit but we were still going straight down and even though I didn’t know anything about skydiving, I knew it was way too fast. The next minute, I’m lying face down on the ground with an unconscious man strapped to my back. When I went to roll him off me, I had the most brutal and heartbreaking realization of my entire life. I couldn’t move my legs. At all.

To this day, I have never been able to put the weight of this feeling into words and I honestly I don’t think I ever will. The next few minutes are the only minutes in my life I genuinely wish I could forget. All of the thoughts running through my mind were so completely opposite and surreal to the thoughts I was having just one hour earlier when I was a 20-year-old carefree girl, naively enjoying her holiday. My mind went from not having to think even an hour into the future, to thinking about the rest of my entire life in a matter of seconds. How would I go to Rome tomorrow? How would I be able to run again? How would I play with my kids when I have them? How would I even have kids? How would anyone fall in love with me? How would I ever feel happiness again?

Until that day, I had never faced a situation that was irreversible. Normally when you come across a problem in life, there is some kind of solution, some way to erase the damage or some way to move forward. There, laying on the ground, face in the dirt and an unconscious man on my back, there was nothing like that. I couldn’t move my legs, I couldn’t go back in time five minutes and I couldn’t deny the damage. The permanency of the situation broke my heart. I wondered how it would feel to live the rest of my life unhappy.

Flash forward three and a half years, and here I am sitting in my room writing this with a big smile on my face because I am genuinely happier than I have ever been. My broken heart became my greatest strength, my paralyzed legs learnt to walk again and the worst moment of my life, became the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It wasn’t an easy path to get here, it has been one long, crazy, mind-blowing, upsetting, liberating, frustrating, life-changing journey but I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed the ride.

When people hear about my accident, a lot of the time they just like to focus on the fact that I learnt to walk again, but to be honest that’s not what I am most proud of. Don’t get me wrong, the use of the legs is something I am thankful for every single day and I worked my butt off to get them back, but I don’t feel like that side of the journey is what I am here to share. The physical changes and improvements to my body have been surreal but the difference I have noticed in my mind is something which shocks me every single day.

I used to be one of those people who would wake up and unconsciously go about their day, someone who would look at a sunset and feel unaffected, someone who was living but not really alive. Now, I wake up and look forward to the day, I can barely look at a sunset without crying, I am so excited to be alive that I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I’ve found a way to see beauty in absolutely everything – the world, the people, the emotions, the lessons and I feel a kind of happiness which I had never experienced before my accident.

I’m so excited to live and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

出展:https://www.emcarey.com/pages/my-story

 

「2013年6月9日は私の人生にとって特別な日になった。その1週間前に私は長い間夢見ていた3ヶ月間のヨーロッパ旅行のため飛行機に乗っていました。そしてその旅行の5日目に、私はスイスでスカイダイビングをする為にヘリコプターに乗っていたのでした。

アルプス山脈上空でスカイダイビングすることは私の長年の夢でした、ですから、その体験が現実的なものになることがとても嬉しく楽しい気持ちだったのをよく覚えています。

上空にあがればマッチ箱の様に小さく見える山々、五分前は麓から眺めてその大きさに驚いていたのに非現実的でした。 そして、これは一生の思い出になると思ったのでした。

落下中の感覚は決して忘れることが無いでしょう。想像ではとても怖い体験のはずだったけれども最高の気分でした。とても静かで穏やかな時間が過ぎていく中、私は本当に幸せな時間を過ごしていると感じたのでした。

でもその状態は長く続きませんでした。楽しかったひと時が悪夢の様な時間になってしまったのです。

パラシュートが飛び出した瞬間から、ゆっくりと落下すると思っていたんです。でも初めてスカイダイビングをした私でも異常に早く落下していることを感じていました。

そして気がついたら、顔面を打ち付けた状態で地面に寝そべっていて、気を失った男性が背中に貼り付いた状態になっていたのです。

彼を背中から降ろすと、私は自分が置かれた状態に気が付きショックでパニックになりかけました。

下半身がまったく動かなかったのです。

現実に絶望し言葉を失ったのは初めてでした。

数分前におきたことを本当に忘れてしまいたかったくらいです。

無邪気な20歳の少女だった私は数分前まで休暇を満喫していたのに、絶望でこれからの人生が闇の様に感じてしまったのでした。

その時にたった3分間くらいの間でしたけれども色々なことを考えました。

  • 明日ローマにどうやって行こう?
  • もう一回走れる様になるのかなぁ?
  • 子供が生まれたら一緒に遊べるのかな(子供を持つことができるかな)?
  • 私を好きになってくれる人がでてくるだろうか?
  • 悲しみを乗り越えて生きていけるかな?

 

もう普通の人生には戻ることができない・・・。

普通人生で大きな問題が起きても乗り越えていく方法が見つかるのに・・・。

地面に突っ伏して気絶した男を背負っている私・・・。

足が動かない・・・。 五分前に遡れればなぁ・・・。

現実を悟った私はショックで動くこともできませんでした、そして思いました、どうやって一生を悲しいまま終えていくのだろうか・・・と。

3年半経って、このことを書いている私・・・。 当時は絶望の淵にいたけれども、今は本当に幸せです。

私の心の傷はいやされました、なぜなら、私は再度歩ける様になりあの事故のことを人生の中でも最良の時間だと思える様になったからです。

ここまでくるのは大変でした。

長く、つらく、動揺したりいらいらすることもたくさんあったし、気が狂いそうになったことも、でも今の私は言えます。

つらかったけれども、試練を乗り越える経験は為になったと。

人はあの事件から私がまた歩ける様になったことだけに注目されますが、私がお伝えしたいことはそんなことではありません。

確かに下半身付随の状態から普通に歩ける様になったことは素晴らしいことで感謝すべきことですが、私が皆様と共有したいことは、私の心境の変化です。

以前の私は寝ぼけ眼でベッドから起きて何も疑問を感じずに平凡な日常を送っていました。

夕日を見ても何も感じない様な・・・そんな人だったのです。

でも、今の私は違います。

朝起きると本当に1日が楽しみで、太陽が沈むと心が揺さぶられ涙が出てくる様に、本当に生きていることが楽しくて私は世界中で最も幸運な人だと思う様になりました。

私は全てのことに感謝できる様になったのです。 世界に、人々に、感情に、試練や課題に・・・。

この様な素晴らしい感情をたくさんの人と共有することができればな・・・と思います。」

・・・と事故から厳しいトレーニングを乗り越えて復活されたエマさんの心境の変化がよくわかりました。

そして、これを読んでブログ管理人は心が洗われる様な気持ちになったのでした。

 

 

そんな感情の変化を共有することと世界中の人々に感謝の気持ちを伝えたいエマさんですが、実は芸術的な才能をお持ちなんです。

オンラインショップ上でも見ることができますが、彼女のYoutubeチャンネルなんかも見ていただければと思います。

本当に絵が上手い人ってどうやって絵を描くのだろう・・・?そう感じさせずにはいられない作品と動画の数々・・・。

よろしければご覧ください。

3. エマ・カレイさんの作品が確認できる場所

エマさんの作品はオンラインショップ上とYoutubeで確認することができます。

(1)エマさんのオンラインショップ

https://www.emcarey.com/

でアクセスが可能です。

トップページ

シンプルだけれども上品なネックレス

曼荼羅調の絵です。本当に綺麗。

出展:https://www.emcarey.com/

(2)Youtube チャンネル

Ema Careyで検索するとご確認いただけます。

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbSrCqwYBSfQmD4x1mu3WNg

曼荼羅調で世界地図を描かれている動画をアップしておきますが、私は犬と猫と馬を描けば全部一緒になってしまう人ですので、これを見ると本当に素晴らしい才能で自分の才能と比較すると打ちひしがれた気持ちになります。。

 

4. まとめ

絶望を乗り越えると全てのことに感謝できる様になるのですね。

改めて自分がおかれた状況に感謝しなければならないことを再認識しました。

しかし天は二物を与えずと言いますけれども、美人で才能がある人っているものですね。

大変勉強になりました。

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