There has been a lot on the television about the Titanic in the last few days, as we remember the tragedy that claimed the lives of so many 100 years ago.
I was watching a particular programme this evening and couldn't help but feel moved by the bravery and heroism of some of those on board. The plight of Jack Phillips struck a definite chord.
He was charged with sending radio messages from the passengers to people both at home and onboard other ships. He took it upon himself to radio for help as soon as the disaster occurred. He didn't stop with just one message though, he remained at his post as the ship itself went down until the person that was recieving his messages only got part of his last sentence.
This young man did all that he could to ensure help came and that as many people could be saved as possible. Inevitably I find myself wondering what I would do in a similar situation. Of course we'd all like to say that we'd help everyone else to safety and stay to go down with the ship, but in the face of certain death do any of us know just how we'd react?
There are plenty of other stories from this disaster that are equally remarkable and emotional. After all, as the narrator said, it is no longer about the ship going down but about families torn apart and brought back together again.
My hope is that one day I will be able to convey these kinds of emotions and feelings in my writing, and to be able to evoke sympathetic feelings in the reader. With plenty of practice I know that one day I'll get there.