Dying is a scary concept that haunts us as humans no matter who we are or where we are in our lives.

Some of us have gotten way closer to death than we would have liked. Fortunately for those people, they lived to tell the tale--and lived to tell what exactly went through their brains in that last pivotal moment.

u/Blue-2th asked:

People who have came close to dying, what were your "last" thoughts?

Here were some of those answers.

Suffered The Same Fate

"Your shoe is untied"

I said that to my dad before promptly falling down a 20ft cliff into the underbrush. Broken arm, fractured skull, ruptured kidney. Woke up two weeks later to my dad saying thanks for letting him know his shoe was untied as he could have tripped.


Las Policias

I got knocked unconscious and blacked out from a car accident and it was nothing, like you said. Just darkness overwhelming me immediately. I woke up gasping for air and wondering how the police and ambulance knew the accident was going to happen. I had been out long enough for them to arrive and start rending to some of us but I thought they were waiting for us.


Thump Thump

My heart stopped beating for 7 seconds while I was eating dinner in my hospital bed waiting to be discharged. I realized I was going to pass out and put my arm across my plate so I wouldn't fall face-first into it. All I could think of was "this is gonna make a mess." Glad they took their time with the paperwork. Ended up walking out of there 7 days later with a pacemaker at the age of 46.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

As I was getting the Heimlich I remember thinking how embarrassing it would be to die at a renaissance fair.

It was the day before my 29th birthday so I also remember being disappointed I wasn't going to make it to 30.

It seems like choking at a renaissance fair is actually pretty common. If anyone knows a Cigar Salseman that was working at Scarborough Fair 6 or so years ago give him my thanks for saving me life.


Boom Boom

'Sh*t, wasn't the car that hit me white?'

As I'm looking down at a car underneath me.

I'd been hit hard enough I bounced up over the car that hit me and had enough air time to clear the second one. Props to the driver of the third vehicle, he must've stood on the damned brakes the moment he saw me because he brought the cement truck to a stop before it got to me.

Second time I was hit by a car as a pedestrian. I'm now MUCH more careful crossing streets.. not that it's helped much, I seem to have a car magnet in my a**...


Being Struck By Lightning

I was in the process of being electrocuted, having been working all day atop a scissors lift. The electricians had left a 277-volt line live and while I was standing and reaching while running the last low-voltage run of the job, I contacted their line. I saw the white light at the end of the tunnel. All I knew was throbbing and 60-cycle noise and the white light.

My last thought was "I wonder if I can tell my knees to unlock?" Obviously they did, since I am here typing this. Severe electrical burns, still here livin ' the life!


I Want To Remember This Moment

Had a stroke last year and was taken to the ER by my brother. The last thing I remember was asking him to take a picture of me with his phone as "I must look terrible." After I was admitted, I didn't remember anything other than dreams until late October, and days after I was admitted (when everything was a blank) they induced a coma so that my brain swelling would go down, and I was "critical," so I presume I was pretty close to dying then.


Oof Oof Oof


Have you ever had a headache that was so bad? I mean, like call your parents and ask them if you were still on the healthcare plan? Even though you live in Canada and they live in the USA?

Yes, I've had this pain, i felt as if my head was goin to implode. I was half right. I had a brain clot. Then bleed.

So a stroke and an aneurysm all at once. My last thought before I regained consciousness weeks later?

I don't want to die in this sh*tty ground level apartment.


That Was Hella Lucky

"I can't believe this is how I die."

Drunk, falling off a 30 foot cliff into about 2 feet of water at Lake Havasu, AZ on Spring Break. It just hurt really bad.


Well Darn

Nearly was run over in a town square when a car decided to go through it, instead of around it, and went onto the sidewalk.

First and only thing to come out of my mouth to my friend next to me before we dove out of the way;

"Well that's not good"


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