People Share Their ‘I Can’t Believe This Is Happening To Me Right Now’ Story
Most of our lives are monotonous and unchanging, for the most part. However, once in a while, we get a shock; something that happens in a split second that changes our lives forever. Sometimes, that shock is a punch in the gut, and the grief that follows is hard to bear. Other times, the shock is the best thing that ever could have happened, and it feels like a real-life miracle.
It just goes to show that nothing in life is permanent. If you’re going through a rough patch, a sudden unexpected shift could change your course entirely. Also, if things are going well, don’t take them for granted, because you never know how long it is going to last. If all that wasn’t clear already, it will be after reading the following stories from internet users about a moment in their lives where they just couldn’t believe what was happening to them.
#1 Life-Changing Moves
#2 Now That’s What I Call Karma
I was in Rio, and my mother had just given some money to a homeless dude. A few minutes afterward, a wild burglar appeared. He threatened her, so she gave him her purse and he was about to run away. The homeless dude then stood up and said something like, “She’s a nice woman, do not steal from her.” They started arguing and the purse came flying, somersaults and all, back to her arms.
#3 She Went From Zero To Lifesaver In A Second
I was swimming at a lake last summer. My sister has seven kids, so I was helping her keep an eye on them. A little boy was bouncing up and down beside me. I thought the kids next to him were with him. Then, I realized they swam away and he was by himself. But he wasn’t play jumping, he was trying to stay above water.
After four seconds of him going under and seeing that he actually wasn’t tall enough to be in the 4-foot water, I reached over and grabbed him. The kid almost drowned. It turned out, he was about three years old. He puked up a bunch of water all over me and I held that stranger’s kid in a hug so tight. The parents were 20 feet away with their backs turned.
It took me a good ten minutes to find them after standing there in the lake screaming for them and asking random people if he was their kid. I could not stop shaking with the realization this kid could’ve died and I just saved him. I had to leave after that and haven’t been back to that lake since. People, watch your kids, please. Tons of kids die every year. Takes one minute of distraction.
#4 Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch
#5 Thank Goodness For Damage Control
I woke up from what felt like a dream. I was half asleep and someone was talking to me. I knew they were there, but my mind was somewhere else. I woke up to a man asking me what my name was and my first thought was, “Well, that’s a pretty good question isn’t it!” I wasn’t quite sure what my name was, and I was still in a dream-like state where I couldn’t really grasp the physical world.
Then he asked me what day it was, and it took me a second, but it clicked: it was Christmas Day, The guy waking me up was a paramedic getting ready to load me into a helicopter. My face was so broken that I couldn’t open my eyes or make any sound more than a moan, but I wasn’t in pain. The moment where I thought “I can’t believe this is my life right now” happened once I landed at the hospital.
I always would think, when watching shows such as ER and the like, that it must be embarrassing to be injured and have a room full of people strip all your clothes off. So there I was, laying on a table which felt like cold like metal, in a neck brace, uncomfortable, butt naked, with people evidently scurrying around me. I chuckled to myself in my head how crazy it was that I was now that person naked in a hospital, but I didn’t care at all. I was just comforted that I was being taken care of.
Ski patrol told me I got knocked out and slid 200 yards, face down, unconscious. No one saw the accident because so few people were riding on Christmas day, but they could tell by the tracks that I had left. I don’t remember what happened at all, however. Needless to say, I wear a helmet when I ride now, which, everyone should regardless of skill level.
#6 Just Another Day At The Hotel
#7 Better Late Than Never
#8 It Should Have Been Just A Fender Bender
I was in the hospital for my dad after he got into a fender bender. Everything was going fine (he only had a sore neck and some minor scratches) up until the doctor came in, shut the curtain behind her and told him “We found some spots on your lungs when we scanned you.” It was cancer. Completely unexpected and heartbreaking.
#9 First Baby Jitters
When the nurse handed us our first child ready to take her home, I looked at my wife and immediately thought. “Oh my god, we have to keep this thing alive.” During the entire pregnancy, it never truly kicked in that we were going to be parents because we couldn’t see the baby with our own eyes yet. The moment the nurse put our baby into our arms, we realized just how much our lives were about to change.
#10 Teenagers To The Rescue
#11 The Final Cry For Help
I woke up to find messages from my friend saying he couldn’t take it anymore and he was saying goodbye. I’d never tried to call someone so quickly in my life, and during the whole thing, I just kept thinking, “This can’t be happening right now.” It was the first time I’d ever experienced anything like that He’s okay now, but please, if you are going through anything, talk to someone about it. Take care of your friends and family.
#12 They Were In The Right Place At The Right Time
I live in an apartment with a balcony overlooking a canal. One evening, my partner and I were out on the balcony having some fresh air, and there was nobody around except for a tipsy guy stumbling down the path along the canal. My partner commented that he’d fall in if he wasn’t careful, and sure enough, he did.
We immediately called an ambulance and my partner ran outside to look for help. The guy was twice our size and if we’d tried to help by ourselves, we all would have drowned. Emergency services arrived in less than ten minutes and pulled him out. He lived. It still gives me shivers to think about what would have happened if we hadn’t been outside.
#13 Don’t Drink And Drive
#14 Live Life And Love Big
#15 Riptides Are No Joke
I got caught in a riptide, which is a current that drags you deep into the ocean away from shore. I’ve never experienced one, so I fought the current and swam against it.I’m a poor swimmer, so I ended up exhausting myself. I was out in the ocean with two of my friends when I realized I was too exhausted to float.
I remember that thought going through my head and I was 100% prepared to not make it. I turned to them and said, “Guys, don’t panic, but I have about 30 seconds left.” Thank God a surfer saw me struggling and helped my friends throw me on his board. A lifeguard boat came a few minutes later. I got extremely lucky.
#16 “Is This Normal?”
#17 More Skill Than Luck
It’s probably not a big deal for most people, but the moment when I got promoted from a $13 an hour position to a $22 an hour position after only being with the company for six months was one I’ll always remember. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have jumped so far up the company chain so early on. Hard work truly does pay off.
#18 Gorillas Will Be Gorillas
One time, I got punched by a wild mountain gorilla. I was in Uganda, where they sell $500 permits for hiking into the forest with guides, during which you can spend an hour with the gorillas. One of the gorillas in the troop we were going to visit had the name “Punchy” in the local language because he enjoyed the classic game of “I hit you, you hit me back.”
So, upon seeing us, he ran towards our group, knocked over one girl, came to me and hit my gut. Luckily it was a “play punch” to see if I was interested, and the guards dragged me away to make sure he wouldn’t think I was hurt more. But yeah, a wild moment for sure! I can say, with complete certainty, that gorillas are freaking strong.
#19 Carrying The Torch
I was selected to carry the Olympic torch back in 2002. I still, to this day, do not know what was submitted that convinced them to allow this. I am not anyone special. I didn’t really think too much of it until the day I was running down the street carrying the torch, with people lining the road for miles on end to see the event. It was an experience that I cannot even describe.
#20 Pack Your Books And Your Snowsuit
I got an email stating I got the Ph.D. position I had applied for a few months ago. The employer told me to get ready to go to Antarctica. To this day, I still can’t believe I’ve been there… twice. As remote as Antarctica is, I think it’s probably my favorite place on the entire planet. I would never give up a chance to visit.
#21 Total Eclipse (Not Of The Heart)
I drove from Pennsylvania to South Carolina last year specifically to witness the solar eclipse in totality. It was simply amazing. It was like a dream-state. My family and I created those special pinhole viewers just so we could get the full-on experience. We loved it so much that now we follow space websites that track celestial events that we can participate in.
#22 It’s Best Not To Try To Wait Out A Hurricane
#23 A Fan’s Dream-Come-True
I went to a concert of my favorite band ever. I bought the VIP tickets and chatted with the artist before the concert. Then, somehow I ended up going out to dinner with the whole band after the concert at some 24-hour diner. It was the best moment of my life. If you really like an artist or a band, I always suggest buying VIP tickets because you never know what could happen.
#24 Talk About Paranoid
I was at a burger joint once and a guy was accusing the employees of poisoning the fries. In reality, it was just salt. I was sitting there with my sandwich trying not to die laughing. I’m not sure if the guy had ever been to a burger joint before, but salt is a standard component in fries. He must have been one of those paranoid conspiracy theorists.
#25 That Little Flirt
“My wife doesn’t keep this at our home, so I tend to indulge in the good stuff when I find it.” She then made, what I can only image, her “bedroom eyes” at me. She reached for my arm and said, “Maybe you need to start looking outside of your house for the good stuff.” I laughed out loud because as far I could tell, the stranger was serious. I laughed all the way out the door and never looked back.
#26 A Pregnancy Miracle
I’m actually pregnant after two years of heartbreak. We were about to go through fertility treatment since my periods have always been irregular but this one was even later than normal. I did a test and I was indeed pregnant! I am now 13 weeks gone and I had our first scan and tests. My fingers are crossed for the future!
#27 Peaking Early In Life
When I was 17, I got to sing “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables to a theater full of 1,200 people. It was a surreal experience to be able to hold the attention of that many people for like, three and a half minutes. They even clapped for me at the end. I’ve not had another experience like it in the ten years since.
#28 Nailed It
As a law student, I got an interview for an incredibly prestigious clerkship. I flew across the country and I felt like I had seriously nailed it. I’d been unspeakably nervous but I managed to give the best interview possible. I walked out and started crying in disbelief and straight-up gratitude. A few weeks later, the recruiter called me. I got the job.