Trapped beneath a capsized raft on a churning river in northern California, Galena Mosovich realized her body was "panicking," but not her mind.
"I was choking and gasping... and the minute or so I was underwater felt like a lifetime," says Mosovich. Yet, in the moments before she was pulled to safety, Mosovich also felt a sense of calm. "I remember thinking, 'I'm probably going to die right now... so this is how it's going to happen'."
Today, the Florida public relations account executive can speak calmly about her close encounter with death four years earlier.
"The notion of dying seemed so simple at that moment, which was an interesting change from how complex life and its challenges usually can be," says Mosovich. Yet not much has changed in her life since -- although she vows to never run river rapids again.