By Linda Moore
Many of you will remember the incredible story this summer about 12 young boys and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. I can honestly say that I was completely glued to the internet and TV waiting for reports the entire time that story was unfolding. It was heartbreaking, mesmerizing and absolutely unbelievable. I hoped and prayed that each boy they brought out would be alive and that the story would have a happy ending. Amazingly it did, except for the brave Thai SEAL that lost his life in the rescue.
You might ask, why am I bringing this up? I am currently finishing the book based on the rescue entitled “The Boys in the Cave” by Matt Gutman. This blog isn’t a pitch to read this book, although it’s well written and I would totally recommend it. It’s more just a musing of what I thought I knew, versus what actually happened in reality. Social media portrayed such a small and unclear window of the rescue, but reading what ACTUALLY happened in this book by the people who were present the entire time, blew me away. It was the truth of what took place in the cave rescue, and it was very different from what I had been led to believe in all accounts.
This amazing story and its heart pounding rescue by some of the bravest people on the planet got to me. I spend a fair amount of time on some form of social media, either Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat and I believe what I see and read. That’s where I am mistaken. It’s a cache of moments in time where life takes place, but doesn’t give the whole picture. In order to get that picture, I need to be present, in the moment, learning from others, and experiencing life with them. That’s the challenge I am taking away from this story. I want to be more than a gawker at the lives of my friends and family. I want to be in the back part of the cave where it’s scary and dark and cold, and also in the celebrations of life where there is joy and laughter.
So, as we move into the Christmas season, I hope that you will join me in looking up from our phones, laughing a little more, comparing a little less, and living in the reality that we are here to make a difference in the lives of each other. I’m just super thankful l I get to do that with a bunch of really great people who are a part of the AYB community.