Sometimes I feel like I’m in my own mine at UCLA. While living here is always entertaining, it can be difficult to keep up with the “outside world.” I rarely watch TV (my main source of news) so it can be difficult for me to find out about the daily happenings occurring outside of UCLA. As most of you have heard though, Chili recently performed a nearly insurmountable feat by saving all 33 miners that were trapped under 2,000 feet of rock. Even though I was unable to watch the live footage, thanks to the Internet and my parents’ depiction, I was able to find out more about this truly inspirational story of hope and survival.
The tenacity of a human being is incredible to me. Surviving 17 days before being discovered, and then the additional months until their rescue, there was one man in particular, Luis Alberto Urzua, who was able to lead these men with a fixed and steady determination. He said, “The 70 days that we fought so hard were not in vain. We had strength, we had spirit, we wanted to fight, we wanted to fight for our families, and that was the greatest thing.”
When the miners emerged, one by one, they brought so much happiness not just to the families directly involved, but to our nation as we watched over 30 successful reunions. This event proved to our world that every person’s life is valuable—every person is worth saving no matter the cost, energy, or effort. It reminded me that we all have something to live for; whether it is our family, our friends, or to see what the future holds. Knowing all this makes me incredibly happy and I hope it makes you feel the same way. I have restored hope in our country’s dedication and in the human will to survive.
Let us be thankful for every blessed day; it is truly a gift. Let us truly love the people in our lives and may we always be grateful for the compassion of others in our times of need.