At Large /SHARE
Sometimes things happen that change the way you are. A chance meeting, a conversation, something, anything that challenges you, that makes you ask ‘is this really how things are supposed to be?’
Trevor King – photographer, filmmaker, etcetera – recently had one of those ‘sometimes’. We met King … Well, we’re not sure where. He’s one of those boys you just kind of run into and feel like you have known forever. The last time we saw him, he was recovering from a bout of pneumonia and now he’s planning to sleep out under the stars to raise money for those who sleep there because they don’t have a choice. We hit him up to share why.
Recently on a surf boat charter to Sumatra I nearly died.
One night I went to bed at 9.30 and woke up at midnight to relieve myself off the side off the boat. I was midstream and felt very light-headed. Without a chance to sit down, I was out cold.
The next memory I have is dreaming that I’m trying to breathe but I can't open my mouth, no matter how hard I try. Thinking to myself that the dream seemed too real and painful to be a dream, I woke up. Underwater. In the ocean. At midnight. I took a few frantic strides to get to the surface and gasped for air. Luckily I had drifted 10 metres unconscious in the current to the back of the boat, where the ladder was. It was like a scene out of Bondi Rescue, except there were no lifeguards. I spent 15 minutes coughing out what seemed to be endless amounts of water.
I then lay in bed all night coughing with an extreme fever breaking into cold sweats. I didn't fall asleep, I spent all night thinking about what did happen and what could have happened. In the end, I made it back to Sydney, ended up getting pneumonia and spending three weeks in bed getting over it.
Day to day most people are aware of what they don't have. I had a long hard think that night about what I did have. How important my friends and family are to me. Then how most of the material stuff didn't matter. All of a sudden, I was thankful of my life but realised that my health and life which I had taken for granted was in jeopardy.
Most people come out of near-death experiences needing to change their lives drastically. They realise that life is short. I love my life so I thought nothing much had to change. The only thing I felt guilty for was the fact that I was doing nothing positive for the good of mankind ... Except for recycling. This is what got me to start thinking about what I could do for people who aren't as fortunate as I am. So yeah, this is a start to spending more of my time and money helping others who need it.