Final Destination?

You are running to catch a flight.  You know you might be late, but you think that you will make it just in time.  You get to the gate, and the doors are closed – the plane is gone.  How could this have happened?  This is the worst possible thing!  Less than a day later you find out this was actually the greatest stroke of good luck that could have possibly happened to you.  You were supposed to get on Air France Flight 447, which mysteriously disappeared and landed at the bottom of the ocean.  You are Johanna Ganthaler and her husband, Kirk.

So you finally get back to Europe – Germany to be exact and decide to drive back to your home in Italy.  You get in your car with your husband, thankful to be alive.  All of a sudden, you see a truck in front of your car.

Johannah Ganthaler tragically died in a car crash (her husband is in critical condition) after narrowly escaping death’s grip just days earlier. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2009/06/11/2009-06-11_johanna_ganthaler_escapes_air_france_crash_only_to_die_in_car_crash_days_later.html

The first thing that comes to everyone’s mind is Final Destination, the movie.  In this movie, its characters continued to cheat death but always ended up getting killed in different and unexpected ways.

But this isn’t a movie – this is someone’s life.  How does that happen?  How does someone have the luck to miss a flight that is going to crash but get killed in a car accident?  As a child, I was afraid of flying, and I was always told that it was safer than driving because there were more accidents per year than plane crashes.  But how do you justify this situation?

Obviously I don’t know these answers.  I have always believed in destiny and fate, but this is crazy!  Last December, I was deciding whether or not I was going to travel to Israel during the war with Gaza.  My mindset has always been if I was going to get hurt or killed in one place, it was meant to happen wherever I was (even though when I was actually in the position to make a decision, this way of thinking was not as clear).  But in her case, my theory happened.

Clearly, this is a tragedy.  But what does this make you think about fate and destiny?  Do they really exist?  Are you meant to take (or not take) certain courses in life?  If you veer from that path, will something bring you back to it?  These questions are personal to each individual person, but this story makes you think…

 

The Lure of Florida

I just came back from a vacation to Delray Beach Florida, which is about an hour outside of Miami.  I have gone with my family every year since I was 5 months old to visit my grandparents with the rest of my family.  As soon as I tell anyone that I am going to florida, they are immediately jealous.  Warm weather, nice beaches, beautiful landscapes – what more could one want?

When did it become the ideal vacation to go to Florida?  Why not Texas or Alabama or even Central America?  All of these places have the same warm weather, beaches, and landscapes as Florida.  Why is FLORIDA the perfect place to go?

Yes, you may think Florida has Disney, and there is a lot of publicity connected to this part of Florida, but you never hear any other type of PR for the other parts of Florida.  There are never commercials saying, “Come to Florida!  Our beaches are beautiful and wonderous!”  People just KNOW.  It is UNDERSTOOD.  But why?  Why isn’t it understood for many other states or countries?

Does it have anything to do with Florida escaping the “southern” stereotype?  On our way back, we had a stop over in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In the airport, all of the workers had a southern accent, but why does this accent not reach Florida?  Yes, the majority of florida consists of older people who have not always lived in Florida, but there are still many people who have grown up in this southern state.  BUT, it does not have the “southern” characteristics.  WHY?

In my opinion, Florida has the “unspoken” publicity that many other places, companies, and products have.  Because it it such a popular destination, there are limits on how much its attractions have to be publicized.  The beaches are known by everyone to be magnificant, so why does it have to be promoted?  Disney only promotes new attractions.  They have enough families visiting, but they still have to inform others of new activities that can be visited.  Florida does not have the competition that many other places have – it just IS a place to visit.  Understood.