Ghostly apparitions. Glitches in the matrix. Extraterrestrial visitations. Call them whatever, these are the creepiest and most inexplicable experiences from all over the internet. Some of these unsettling experiences are harmless—even benevolent. But others were lucky to escape with their lives. Or did they?

1. Pub Pals

A few years ago, I was at my lowest point in life. Several people close to me had passed away unexpectedly and my co-workers bullied me every day at my job. Basically, my life was falling apart. I was past being depressed—I just couldn’t imagine waking up another day. So, I’d planned to end my life. I bought a one-way plane ticket, got sleeping pills, and wrote a series of notes.

On the day I was to fly out to fulfill my “plan”, there was a terrible accident on the freeway to the airport. It was shut down in both directions. So, I drove into a nearby pub to wait out the traffic. The second I sat down on the patio with my drink, a gentleman asked if he could sit with me. Whatever, I thought, sure, who cares.

He began to talk—and I felt my blood run cold. He told me that whatever I was doing next was a terrible idea and I would regret it. I didn’t know what to think. Who was this guy? Why was he talking to me like this? But I listened anyway. He said that he sensed I was in pain, but that I had an incredible life ahead of me, and that this was not the way my story was supposed to end.

Again, I’d never met this guy in my life, and hadn’t mentioned a word to him about my “plan.” He asked me to hand him my keys and my wallet, and he’d give them back to me after I talked and he listened. I poured my heart out to this random guy. Told him all my traumas and pains in life. I told him my whole terrible plan.

I told him why I had gotten that one-way ticket to the cemetery across the country where I had buried my family. He just listened. And then he pulled out a lighter, asked me to pull out my letters, and helped me burn them. He told me I was worth so much to the world and that after I finished my drink, I needed to head home and get some sleep.

He told me I was going to be okay tomorrow, and, for some reason, I believed him. He then gave me my keys and wallet back. I left that afternoon and went home, hugged my family, and got some sleep. The next day, I started working on myself. I found a therapist and a new job. Years passed, and I found myself in a fantastic place in life, so, so far from where I had been that day.

To this day, no one in my life knows how close I came to taking my own life. But this random stranger just somehow understood me. And saved my life. I never saw him again. I don’t even know his name. It’s the most unexplained thing that has ever happened to me. And I think about that guy every day, whoever he is and wherever he may be.

So, thank you, kind stranger, for saving my life that random September day on a pub patio.


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