Few people can comprehend the horror of a major fire or flooding at sea. It is the ultimate test of courage, where there is nowhere to escape. You either save your home, your shipmates, and yourself, or you all go down together. Fortunately, history is full of stories of sailors who passed this ultimate test, often in the even more horrifying circumstances of battling fires and flooding in the midst of combat. These stories provide a sustaining example that, when challenged, survival is an option.
On the other hand, there are very few accounts that tell us what follows traumatic events, and how survivors managed the burdens they carried. While your life may change greatly after one of these moments of intensity and trial, you can drive the content that will be the rest of your story.