Lucky or Unlucky: Perspective is Personal

Glass half full or glass half empty. 

Everybody’s perspective on life and events can change. What we see, hear, feel, or experience may resonate with us the feelings of positivity, or negativity. 

Nobody is right, nobody is wrong – it’s all down to personal opinion. 

However, can you perspective have an impact on the success and enjoyment of your life? You know the saying, positivity breeds more positivity. 

Tsutomu Yamaguchi 

Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only recognised person to have survived two atomic bombings. His story is a history lesson for the future.

Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, on a business trip for his employer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The day was supposed to be his last day in the city as he and his co-workers had finished the oil tanker project they were working on.

However, on the morning of that same day, as the sun climbed up, an American B-29 bomber flew over the city dropping a small object. This was Little Boy, a uranium gun-type bomb which caused a blaze of light similar to “the lightning of a huge magnesium flare” as soon as it touched the ground.

What followed the light was a destruction unforeseen. The haze and smoke from the impact blinded the sun and the explosion almost wiped the humanity from Hiroshima.

Tsutomu had later told ‘The Times’; “I didn’t know what had happened. I think I fainted for a while. When I opened my eyes, everything was dark and I couldn’t see much. It was like the start of a film at the cinema, before the picture has begun when the blank frames are just flashing up without sound.”

After resting for a night in an air rains shelter, Tsutomu started his journey towards his hometown of Nagasaki where his wife and child were waiting. 

August 9, 1945, just 3 days after the Hiroshima bombing, Tsutomu was explaining his ordeal to his boss at his office in Nagasaki. Whilst here, a more powerful plutonium implosion-type bomb named Fat Man brought devastation to the city.

Fortunately, his wife and child also survived the bombing along with Tsutomu. But, the double exposure to radiation took its toll on Tsutomu’s health and he fell seriously in the following days.

Tsutomu recovered and went on to live a relatively normal life. 

So…lucky to have survived? Or unlucky to have been amongst 2 atomic bombings? Personally, I think Tsutomu is very lucky! This may be controversial but that’s just how I feel. The Grim Reaper approached Tsutomu twice in a week and he just waved him away. 

Yes, it is very unfortunate that Tsutomu was caught up in two atomic bombings; however, to have survived both bombings when so many other people had perished…in my eyes that is lucky. 

Please let me know your take on it! You may disagree, but I just live a life of positivity. 

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