mine when i was 10 and climbing a tree and nearly falling out of , scared i was going to die.
Who are you, Liam Neeson?Car accidents where it was a miracle I wasn't killed. Attempted kidnapping in a bad part of town. Murders where I was with the murdered just hours before. Near drowning. Too many too go into.
I've encountered both wild pigs and black bears while hiking. Pigs are, by far, more terrifying.While I had been afraid in my life, including getting scared out of my mind when I had the bright idea to spend a night in the only woods in the country known for having bear and wolf populations (and when it's so dark you can't even see your arms, every squirrel you hear is a direwolf) or dragging myself through the constant low-level dread of a depression, I don't have any riveting stories of hair-splitting frights and life-threatening situations. I was lucky there. Mine are rather silly and whimsical, since that's how most of my life was.
For example, I was once walking my dog in the woods, when all of a sudden I found myself face to face with a wild boar sow with squeakers. I don't know, maybe a dozen metres ahead. A precarious encounter, I realised, as even a sheltered kid such as myself would know sows with young are at their most dangerous.
But I had with me my dog, Bari, whose breed (a Karelian Bear Dog) inspired confidence and maybe even a bit of an expectation of witnessing a heroic spectacle of ferocious beasts battling it out.
Bari was never the brightest pup in the litter, but this time he showed himself to be smarter than I would usually give him credit for. He took notice of the sow a moment after myself, freezing in place, all tense and alert. Then, with a high-pitched yelp defying his proud pedigree, he turned on a dime and vamoosed towards pastures greener and more pig-less, leaving me dumbfounded at such a blatant betrayal from the man's best friend.
I did have my heart on my sleeve as I hurriedly made to follow my brave companion (I should have named him Sir Robin, in hindsight), but the sow must have been too stunned by such a masterful re-enactment of the Shaggy and Scooby routine to follow.