Ric Elias was a passenger on the plane that made an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River three years ago (Jan 2009). His seat was in the front row – 1D. In this video, he talks about what was going through his mind as the plane crash-landed and the three things he learnt about himself that day.
It’s rare to hear a survivor’s account, which makes it all the more inspiring. For an experience that harrowing, Ric tells his story with much courage, in much detail…and at times with a touch of humour, especially when he talks about his daughter. It’s also when talking about her that at some point – and very briefly – he chokes up a bit (who wouldn’t?), but carries on.
The three things he learnt about himself:
– that things can change in the blink of an eye. As a result he no longer postpones anything in life.
– that he let his ego get in the way, wasted time sweating the small stuff with people he cared about. Because of that realisation, he hasn’t had an argument with his wife in two years.
– that “wow, dying is not scary – it’s almost like we’ve been preparing for it our whole lives”. However, he was also struck with a deep sense of sadness and regret that he wouldn’t get to see his kids grow up.
“Above all, the only goal I have in life is to be a good dad”, he shares.
Ric ends by saying, “What would you get done that you’re waiting to get done because you think you’re gonna be here forever? How would you change your relationships and the negative energy in them? And more than anything, are you being the best parent you can?”
A powerful speech from a man who could have just as easily not have been alive to tell his story.