You are surely familiar with the phrases “trust your gut” and “follow your instincts.”
Well, there’s a very good reason they exist- you’ll never be wrong if having them in mind!
You should always listen to your instincts, especially when you feel that urge even when there is no apparent reason for it.
Something pushes you, and sort of guides you into something. Listening to that guiding inside feeling is usually a good decision.
It might even save some person’s life, just like in the following story.
Listen to Your Gut- Always.
Although it happened back in 2015, this story keeps touching so many people out there.
One spring afternoon in 2015, in Calgary, Canada, four teens were hanging out like they usually did. Arnaud Nimenya, Carsyn Wright, James Hielema, and Starlyn Rives-Perez were skateboarding in an underground parking garage at the Chinook Mall. Then, they noticed a drunk girl being carried by a larger man.
“She was screaming and yelling. And she just wanted to be out of there. She was all scuffed up and dirty,” Carsyn Wright, one of the teens, said. “The guy was dressed in very nice clothes, and the girl was all dirty, she was crying, her nose was bleeding.”
They discussed the matter briefly and agreed that something was not OK. Thinking about the best way to approach the situation, one of them asked the girl if everything was good.
The man tried explaining he was trying to phone the girl’s dad, and some reports have stated that the man said he was the girl’s dad.
Either way, the four teenagers didn’t quite believe him, but they didn’t know how to react at that point.
“We didn’t know what was going on at first and we didn’t know whether to trust the guy,” Starlyn Rives-Perez told Metro News.
“You don’t want to really think of the worst in somebody like that. You don’t want that situation to be real, so you just brush it off and hope for the best,” Wright added.
What Happened Next Earned them an Award
The next thing that happened, as the teens say, is what really alarmed them. The man took the young girl to the stairwell in the parking garage. The four of them walked away for only a few minutes before deciding that they had to do something. They walked in on the man sexually assaulting the young girl.
“He had her in a stairwell, bent over, and just, it was disgusting,” Wright said to CBC Canada.
Arnaud Nimenya was truly shocked. “You walk in, and you see something like that, and you freeze. You don’t know what to do.”
“He was trying to walk out and walk away from us,” Nimenya explained. “He pushed me aggressively out of the way, kinda like just gives me the smile, like, ‘I can do this. You can’t do anything about it.’”
The four teens immediately ran in to stop the attack, not hesitating at all. Nimenya, Hielema, and Rives-Perez chased after the man, while Wright stayed behind to help the girl.
“You can’t just leave a girl and like she was young, 15 years old. She needed help and we needed to be there for her,” Carsyn Wright told Global News.
Three of the teens ended up getting into a physical confrontation with the man. At one point, he grabbed one of the teen’s longboards and used it as a weapon against them. Yet, the teens were not going to let the man get away.
In the end, they got the better of him, and held him down until police came on the scene. Later, the man was charged with sexual assault.
Wright told CBC, “Instinct took over I guess, I saw someone that needed help and I just did everything I could to help her.”
Every year, the Chief’s Awards Gala takes place in Calgary, Canada. It’s where the Calgary Police honors citizens who have made the city a better and safer place to live.” The four teens who helped the young girl were honored at the 2016 ceremony.
When police tried to contact one of the teens to inform them of the award, he was really surprised.
“We always thought we were going to be in trouble, because we fought with him. When they called us, we didn’t wanna answer,” Nimenya told CBC news.
“Calgary is a safe place to live but it doesn’t happen by itself, it’s safe because of the people that live here and the nature of wanting to help and wanting to look out for each other and that’s really a nice comment for such a big city,” Roger Chaffin, Calgary Police Chief, said.
It turned out that listening to their instinct was the right thing to do! Don’t you think so , too?