It can be a terrifying, adrenaline filled nightmare to realize you might not survive to see another day.

What’s weird is when you have that moment, but then quickly realize that by the grace change or some higher power, you’re alive after all.

These 14 moments left these people shocked to be alive, and these stories are a wild ride!

14. Oh my goodness.

I was drunk and running in the woods when bam, barb wire fence straight to the throat. The last thing I remember I couldn’t breathe and was passing out and there was blood squirting from my neck.

Woke up an hour later and walked home looking like a murder victim.

13. Completely unharmed.

Went white water rafting on the Gauley river and my raft flipped on pillow rock (one of the most famous class v rapids).

Scariest moment of my life but, other than unexpectedly swallowing some water and almost vomiting, I came out completely unharmed.

12. A waking nightmare.

Two years ago I was sleeping in my then girlfriends bed with her and her two kids. Around 3 or 4 in the morning I hear someone walking around in the room and open my eyes to see her ex-boyfriend (who she had left months ago but wouldn’t leave her alone and “let her” leave him) walking to turn the light on. As he turns the light on I see him grab a gun from behind his back.

At this point I’m thinking that he is going to just turn and shot me and I am worried about the kids getting hit. I go to roll onto my back to get up and as I roll I get hit in the throat by his fist. I can’t swallow for a few seconds and I think to myself I need to calm down and try to breathe before I panic. Once I realize my windpipe isn’t crushed I sit up in the bed and tell the kids to go hide in the closest.

At this point he is screaming at me and I am barely awake, I get hit in the side of the head with the gun, try my best to move with it and sit back up. Screaming continues, girlfriend is now screaming at him to leave and he hits me in the other side of the head.

Once I sit back up again he points the gun in my face while screaming. He finally decides that it’s not worth it or something and leaves through the door he broke in from, shoots off his clip into a field across the street and him and his friend drive off.

Cops get called and they get him not even an hour later, he is now in prison for 12 more years and I walked away with just a bad headache the next morning. I thought I was dead the moment I saw the gun and lucky no one was seriously hurt.

The worse part of it all is the kids having to go through it and how many people tell me they would have beat his ass. Dude had at least 150 pounds on me and a gun.

11. Total panic.

I ate one of those Brach’s oval shaped hard candies (think they were called Sparklettes) at home alone when I was 6. Got stuck in my throat. I stood there in shock for a few seconds as I started to realize I couldn’t breathe.

I ran crazily around the room and ended up colliding hard into the back of the couch which caused the candy to go flying out. Best accidental Heimlich ever.

10. A burrito c-section.

My friend put me in a fold out couch when we were 12, unaware of how to get me back out because of the weight and pressure on me i started to panic and scream making it worse.

He cut me out of the center of it like a burrito c section.

My friends step father was an extremely abusive drill instructor, the beating he took was terrible.

But that’s my story, emergency c section from a fold up couch.

Logan my friend at 16 finally started to fight back, and the first fight he won he was immediately kicked out. He lived with me and my family for years until he got himself stable on his own. That was 21 years ago, he’s still my good friend, just life itself has seperated us.

9. Impossible survival.

I was driving in the left lane of a highway going 80. A car didn’t check their bond spot and merged into me. I was run off the road and lost control of the car. It flipped and dragged along the highway for 200 feet.

I remember the sparks flying up at me in slow motion. The only damage to be was cuts on my arm from done glass. my girlfriend just had a few cuts on her leg.

When I look at the photos of the car it doesn’t look like anything could have survived that.

8. A terrible fire.

A really bad flash fire at work where I jumped into a pit to get away from the heat. I saw the flames roll right over top of the pit.

I thought for sure I was going to die. I got some wicked 3rd degree burns, but I lived.

7. The whites of his eyes.

When I was 18 I was driving through an intersection with the right of way (going 70 kmph, or 43.5 mph), a man in a blue Mazda-3 hatchback decided to run the red light turning left. He was so close to me that I could see the whites of his eyes, and in a split second I thought “I’m about to T-Bone this guy, driver side door and he is going to die”.

Instinctively I yanked on the wheel and swerved to the right and instantly went over the curb and off the road, onto someones lawn. I slammed the brakes but because I was on grass the tires locked and the car kept momentum. I went through their wooden fence and garden, and straight into the brick wall on the side of their house.

As soon as I went off the road, I 100% thought I was going to die. My life didn’t flash before my eyes, but people close to me did. It could have only been a second or two but time seemed to slow down and my brain was racing. I thought about how my girlfriend would react, what my parents would say, what my friends would think, etc.

When the car hit the wall it punched a few bricks out of place and the entire front end of the vehicle caved in. The windows shattered, the tires exploded, the doors bent into an L shape and the car started to fill with smoke, however the radio was still playing Vicarious by Tool.

I was concussed by the airbag, broke my nose, jaw, two fingers, had whiplash and my left knee was dislocated. I was in shock and couldn’t believe that what just happened was real, and so I just sat there kinda freaking out. A group of parents from a birthday party across the street saw what happened and ran to the car and pulled me from it as they thought it was about to catch fire. The man in the Mazda-3 drove away.

If it wasn’t for the testimony of those parents who told the police they witnessed the man run the intersection and that I didn’t do anything wrong, I would have been completely liable for all of the property damage and additionally insurance would not have replaced the vehicle as it would have been deemed at-fault. I am glad nobody else got hurt.

6. My heart was in my throat.

Had a paintball fight on Christmas morning with 2 cousins and their neighbor kid at around 13 years old with our brand new guns we got as gifts. The neighbor got mad, ran home, came back with a shotgun, and pointed it my face. All I remember is looking at the ground and waiting to die.

The kid was 11-12. He did have his own paintball gun, and had already shot me a couple times before I got him. He was my cousins neighbor. I think it was the first time I ever met him. It was 20ish years ago, as I’m 33 now, so I can’t even remember if I told my parents. I don’t know if anything happened to him or not.

I know I never touched that paintball gun again though.

5. Fully focused.

Fell asleep driving through the night with my brothers. They were supposed to stay awake and help me stay awake, but were out cold.

I woke up as the right front tire kissed the gravel on the side of the highway, ripped the wheel to the left, and managed only to spin out.

Weird thing was, while it was happening, I was crystal clear, fully focused, and totally in control — as if time had slowed down — but thinking that we were all dead.

4. Never again.

About 29 years ago, when I was around 6 years old, I went to a friends house. My mom and I moved a lot, since we were always renting, so I wasn’t great friends with this kid and my mom didn’t know their parents all too well.

Anyway, I was upstairs in this kid’s parent’s room. It’s just him and me in there, sitting on the floor. He asks if I want to see something cool, obviously I did. He pulls a box out from under his parent’s bed. It was a really nice, shiny wooden box. Hefty. He had to put some strength into pulling it out. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside. He opens the clasps, lifts the lid, and pulls out a revolver.

I was initially curious and probably a little excited to see something I had only seen on television. He then points the revolver directly at me. I freaked out immediately, tried to gain traction as I pushed my feet out from under me. I just fell back and kept pushing myself away from him, and the gun, with my heels, my legs were jelly.

I quickly ended up in the hallway, at the top of the stairs, and just let myself fall backwards down the stairs. I rolled to the bottom, jumped up, looked directly at his startled mother, who was standing in the kitchen, none the wiser, and I bolted out the front door. As soon as I got home I told my mom. I remember her going over to their house, without me, immediately after. Never played with that kid again.

3. Old advice.

The hood on my car came open at 60 on the highway and completely blocked my sight in heavy traffic. I panicked and jerked the wheel a little bit which caused me to fishtail a little bit.

I s*%t you not, my drivers education teacher’s words from five years prior rang in my head to lean down and look through the the space at the bottom of the hood. I pulled over and used some wire I found in the trunk to keep the hood closed.

Any time you close your hood make sure it latches securely by pulling on the hood like you’re trying to lift the front of the car off the ground!

2. So far.

Yesterday morning when I slipped on some wet tin on a roof my safety cable didn’t activate, luckily my coworker caught me, thats about as close as I’ve gotten so far.

1. A weird calm.

When both the stewardess and pilot at different times came on the loud speaker of the plane saying they are doing their best to land safely.

Then seeing the fire engines and other emergency vehicles on the runway waiting for us.

The plane landed fine but as it was going for the landing a weird calm came over me because I knew I wasn’t going to make it and that was fine.

Wow, my heart is pounding just reading these.

Have you had a moment like this? Tell us the story in the comments!