Life of a young Indonesian went on just like any other usual day. He got up in the morning, made breakfast, read the morning news and went to work. He was a fisherman, but not an ordinary one. He was fishing from a floating hut, a little raft with a small house on the top that is tied to the ocean floor via long rope. It keeps the raft from floating off to the open sea. Sometimes during vicious storms, the ropes tend to snap, and leave the raft at mercy of wind and sea waves.
Battle with depression and suicidal thoughts came by at one moment, as he knew that he didn’t have much more time left.
Little did he know that this lesson is going to be learned the hard way, on that very day. The ruthless storm struck on his home village Sulawesi, making the ocean surface too wild. The worst has happened, and young Aldi Novel Adilang was lost at the open sea.
He had food for only 2-3 days, and when he realized what has happened, the survival instinct kicked in. Since he was a fisherman, with all his equipment by his side, the food was not the problem. He cooked the fish he caught by lightning the fire from the parts of his floating hut. He filtered the sea water through his clothes, to get as much salt out of it as possible. Every once in a while, a ship passed by, but no one could see him.
Battle with depression and suicidal thoughts came by at one moment, as he knew that he didn’t have much more time left. After 49 days, Aldi saw a ship on the horizon and tried to use a little radio that his friend gave him, just in case that exactly this kind of situation happens. That’s a good friend, right there. Luckily for him, the ship picked up his distress call and immediately came to save him. At that time he was 125 kilometers away from the shore and his home.
The adventure continued for just a little while because the ship that picked him up was traveling to Japan, where they accepted him for treatment and sent him back to Sulawesi. Later on, he noted that the prayer kept him focused on survival, and protected him from bad thoughts. He came home on 8th of September alive and healthy.
What did you do on your job today?