When I stepped on a landmine

I had heard about the danger of stepping on a landmine before, of course. I had read and heard reports about the many people to whom the same had happened, and I had felt sorry for them. But never had I envisioned that the same mishap would occur to me.

You know from the moment you get out of bed that you have to be careful. You know that you have to watch every step, look ahead, walk slowly, take one step at a time. Don’t rush! Don’t look up from the ground! Don’t get distracted! Don’t talk on the phone while you walk.

But it’s really hard to maintain that level of concentration all day, especially when you are walking around the same premises that you walk around every day. You get used to the scenery, your pace quickens, you feel more confident, you feel like you could even walk around the place in darkness.

IED explosionThat is what I did, and that is when fate struck. Baaaammmm! Or that is the sound you would expect. But I didn’t hear anything. Maybe my ears went numb before anything really happened. After all, it took only a split second for disaster to strike.

I was surprised that I didn’t feel any physical pain. Maybe it was the shock. It felt more like being cut off from the outside. Everything went numb, I didn’t hear anything and I felt like nobody else could hear me either. It was as if a giant bubble had been wrapped around me, as if I had been removed from this world, but still had not died.

The immediate effects lasted for several days, but human beings get used to a lot quickly. I had more time to read books again, which helped me maintain my sanity. After a week, the experts took care of me and addressed the problem. Since then, I am back.

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P.S.: Upon reviewing this blog I noticed a typo. I meant to write landline, not landmine. I didn’t have internet for a few days after I had stepped on the landline cable.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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5 Responses to When I stepped on a landmine

  1. You know, I really SHOULD chew you a new one, for making such a bad joke especially in light of all the soldiers who have run afoul of those devilish devices in Afghanistan and Iraq. But I’m in the Christmas spirit, so I’ll let you slide. THIS time.
    So watch yerself, sonny! ;)

  2. Rachel says:

    Clever ruse.

  3. Lmbo! I’m really relieved it was a land line and not a land mine. You definitely got my attention. I had all these questions. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks for the laugh.

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