Ric Elias was aboard US Airways Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009, when multiple bird strikes forced the aircraft into an emergency water landing in the frigid Hudson River. One hundred fifty passengers and five crew members were aboard. All survived, thanks to the incredible calmness and piloting skills of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III and the event later became known as "The Miracle on the Hudson."
But no one could have known that would be the outcome in the minutes and seconds preceding impact.
In this short video on TED Talks, Elias discusses what he learned about himself, his life, and the way he lives in those moments that changed him forever.
"I was given the gift of a miracle, of not dying that day. I was given another gift, which was to be able to see into the future and come back and live differently. I challenge you guys that are flying today, imagine the same thing happens on your plane — and please don't — but imagine, and how would you change?What would you get done that you're waiting to get done because you think you'll be here forever? How would you change your relationships and the negative energy in them? And more than anything, are you being the best parent you can?"
(Transcript via TED.)