Have you ever had a near-death experience? I thought my life was about to end, then all of a sudden, I was panicking for air. The waves and the riptide were pulling me under. My life flashed before me. When I surfaced above the water, I couldn’t find my family.
It’s all started on a warm summer day; I was just nine years old when I was at home with my mom and my brother in Tehran, the capital of Iran. My aunt and her family decided to spend their night with us. The next morning, they decided to travel to Shomal; which is the city in North of Iran. Shomal is the beautiful area, similar to Vancouver, BC. The beaches are magnificent and surrounded by old trees that are flushed with different shades of green.
It takes five hours to get to Shomal by car. My uncle wanted to go to the beach, to spend his holidays with his family.
In the morning, I insisted on going with them, but my mother didn’t agree and she said, “I really don’t want you to go without me, because it’s a big responsibility for your aunt to take care of you. Besides, your brother has to apply to university, and I can’t come with you at that moment.”
I was so mad and furious. At that moment the tears started to well up in my eyes, and I was heartbroken. My aunt came into the room and asked me,” What’s wrong? Why are you crying?” I could barely get the words out that I really wanted to go to Shomal.
After that, my aunt and her husband spoke with my mom and try to convince her that I could go with them. As a result, my mom changed her mind and replied, “I guess she could come with you, as long as it’s not too much trouble and responsibility for you.”
After my mom’s permission, I got ready, and we were on the way out the door. I was full of anticipation and enthusiasm, looking forward to an exciting adventure at the beach. On the way to Shomal, I was in the car, playing card games with my cousins. Time seemed to fly by because we were laughing and having fun. As we entered the entrance of the farm, I saw many dark green patches of grass with the small amount of water between them. The patches of grass were dancing in the warm breeze. The sun’s heat beamed down on our faces. We were full of joy and laughter. The birds were singing peacefully among the trees, like a choir in the church. We were ready to get back on the road, to travel closer to the beach. Once we arrived, we were all eager to get out of the car. Little cabins decorated the edge of the beach. I was so glad that we rented one. We all walked towards the cabin and looked inside filled with awe. The inside was sculpted was astonishing wood carvings on the wall, with pretty plants on the shelf. A blue-flowered couch sat in front of the fireplace, accompanied by bunk beds. We started to unpack our suitcases and settle in. My cousin and I were still anxious to see the sights of the beach and surrounded the area, so we climbed up to the roof. We saw several people walking along the soft sand of the beach and some of them were playing in the waves splashing and having a ball and some were restfully sitting back in their lawn chairs reading books. It was about 4 o’clock and the weather was cooling down a bit, so we decided to go and wake my aunt and uncle. I was restless and over-excited to go for the swim. When we reached the cabin, my aunt and uncle were awake. I asked them if they want to go for a swim, as the weather had cool down.
They agreed eagerly and said, “Yes! Let’s go.” So, we all got changed into appropriate clothing. We put sunblock on, so we wouldn’t get burned and descended toward the sea. My aunt and uncle started to put down their beach mats, and we started to walk upon the warm soft sand until we reached the edge of the sea where the waves were slowly drifting down to our ankle. My aunt decided to stay back and rest upon the warm golden sands of the beach. My cousins, uncle and I slowly walked out towards the wavering blue sea until the water reached our knees. Everything was going okay. We were splashing water around and splashing to each other. Laughing and smiling; our faces turned toward the sun. My cousin, uncle and I were having fun until the water came rushing in under our feet, pushing us out to sea.
I started to panic and was startled. I tried to reach the bottom, but I couldn’t. There was water all around me. I thought I was going to drown. My uncle and my cousins were beside me and I tried to grab onto them, so I could hold onto them for safety. As I felt I was drowning, I grabbed them accidentally pushing them under the water. They were frantically kicking and splashing around. Going in and out, up and down chaotically. We were all scared for our lives. This was the first time in my life that I felt fear, I thought I might not make it. I was praying to God, to save us. My uncle was trying very hard to grab on to me, but he couldn’t. I couldn’t see anybody around, and I was gasping for air, desperately to feel my feet on the sea floor. I could hear people shouting in the distance, but I couldn’t see them. I felt like giving up, so I went back under the water and I almost touched the bottom, I wanted to die because I was desperate. I was so tired of splashing water to get some breath, so I held my breath while I was under the water. I was so sorrowful that I couldn’t see my family again. But after few seconds, I realized that I could not hold my breath anymore, so I went back up for air. I was exhausted from fighting for my life and trying to catch my breath while trying to stand up.
I started to drift toward the sand and as I was, I felt my uncle’s hands scoop me up from the water and drop me on to the sand floor. I looked around for my cousin and with a sigh of relief, I saw they were okay. I asked my cousins how they got out of the water?
” Our dad helped us first because we were closer to him, and then he swam again to help you.” they replied. Then we walked to my uncle and aunt and came back to the cabin.
Finally,during the whole week we went shopping, visit the gorgeous places in Shomal and again we went to other beaches, but this time my cousins and I didn’t go inside of the water because we were aware and caution to look at the sign first. We made the small and little castle, houses with sand and we enjoyed the weather and the view.
In conclusion,I learned many valuable lessons about life. Now I reflect back on that day, I realize how close I was to death, and how precious life is.
- two things that I’m proud of is first I learned how to write a hook for my essay and second one is I learned how to make imagery in my essay.
- The two things that I have to improve is first I shouldn’t write unnecessary detail in my essay and the second thing is I should make sure when I have to start a new paragraph.