Determination & Positive Attitude Can Literally Change Your Life

I heard this story on the news and immediately was touched. For once, a news story made me emotional in a good way!

A local girl (living about 15 minutes from where I grew up) was on a trip to study marine biology with her college. She found herself stranded in the middle of the ocean after an early morning snorkeling trip. She survived being stranded for 16 hours. Positive Attitude College Girl Survives

When I saw this on the news, I was blown away by her determination to get through it. She was dehydrated, sun-burnt, stung by jellyfish and stranded in the middle of the ocean. What a terrible situation to be in. Yet, she did her best to stay positive.

Because of her positive attitude and determination, she survived.

Can you imagine what other things we can do if we simply believe we can?

College Student Stranded in Ocean for 16 Hours

Even for the most experienced swimmer, it’s a nightmare scenario. Stranded in the middle of the ocean with no food and the blistering sun burning down on your face. Jelly fish and sting rays circling beneath your feet. That’s what Heather Barnes had to deal with on Friday…for 16 hours.

The 20-year-old Deptford, N.J. native was visiting the islands of Cayos Cochinos on the northern shores of Honduras with other students from the New College of Florida. Barnes, an aspiring marine biologist, had been there for three weeks, snorkeling and studying. Friday marked her last day on the island.

“I couldn’t sleep,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “So I went to collect coral samples.”

Barnes went out into the ocean around 4 a.m. That’s when her trouble began.

“I started to cramp up,” she said. “I didn’t really think it was a big deal at that point. I flipped over and tried to stretch out my leg.”

The tide then began to pull her farther and farther away from land. It wasn’t long until Barnes realized the perilous situation she was in.

“About ten minutes later I realized how much farther I had been pulled out,” she said. “There was no way I could swim against it at that point.”

She was lost in the middle of the ocean. Things only got worse as the sun came out and burned her exposed face. While she had on swim fins and a wetsuit, that didn’t prevent her from feeling the painful stings of jelly fish.

“I tried to stay in the same spot, thinking people would search for me soon,” she said. “But after two hours I still didn’t see anyone. I realized if I was going to make it, I had to swim back myself.”

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