How common sense saves your life
by Kyt Lyn Walken
May 2019. When Amanda Eller, a 35-year-old yoga teacher disappears in the dense forests of the island of Maui, Hawaii, the first thought of her boyfriend and parents was only one: kidnapping.
A reward of $ 10,000 was promptly established for those who could provide essential information for carrying out the research.
However, for days after Amanda’s disappearance, her white Toyota, left in the Makawao Forest Reserve parking lot, with her phone and wallet inside, were the only traces that could be traced back to her. Of the young woman, no footprints that left some sort of clue to the search teams.
In reality Amanda, after having lost the path she was exploring in one of the trips of that wonderful vacation that turned into a nightmare in a matter of seconds, had fallen into a ravine. Accomplice a wound to a foot that had made his step unstable on a difficult terrain, full of pitfalls.
As she told The New York Times herself, an inner voice was constantly telling her, “You have only one choice: live or die. Continue “.
And Amanda listened to her with all her heart, eating local herbs (wild raspberries, strawberries) and even moths, trying to endure the almost incessant rain – and the relative plummeting of temperatures – of those days.
The choice to stay close to a watercourse ensured hydration, and even offered the possibility, albeit not ending in success, to try to catch some lobster.
Relying exclusively on common sense and some remote notion of survival, Amanda managed to stay alive for two weeks, getting only a few abrasions but allowing rescuers to locate her thanks to the choice of staying in a single point.
The inner voices that Amanda heard, also thanks to the sensitivity of the thirty-five-year-old, certainly played a fundamental role in terms of comfort.
Where a Facebook page (Find Amanda) with 28,000 users had not been able to speed up the young woman’s recovery, her stubbornness and the application of a few simple rules have determined her success in the struggle for survival.
What would you have done in a similar situation? A simple holiday in a heavenly place can turn into a concrete emergency situation.
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