Link to a fine article based on the experiences of people who survived considerably-threatening adversities.
Hard to find anything I disagree with in it. Gives a good idea of some aspects of what I mean by being a "hard"[/"strong"--see comments] person (which is nothing to do with being nasty or selfish).
There seems to be a hidden (unstated) message. Namely that on boarding a plane you might get a lot more than you bargained for.