I've not slept well for a couple of nights and yesterday morning I was awake with a headache around 4.30am. After laying there for a while, I got up and turned on the TV news to find breaking news about the Chilean miners with one already free of captivity. It has been a stunning technical feat to find them and then attempt a rescue.
I watched the 2nd man, Mario Sepulveda come to the surface and had a tear in my eye when he was reunited with his family. When Jimmy Sanchez (the 5th miner) came to the surface, I had another small tear. Despite being a father, at 19 he is just a kid really and had been going through some mental struggles and anxiety, especially during the first 17 days when the 33 miners faced a long a slow death until the exploritary drill found them and gave them a chance.
Some reports have focused on Chile's poor safety record and I hope that this episode will improve conditions for thousands of workers.
When I really consider the mental anguish they have gone through, I cant help but think that the problems we all have most days are pathetic in comparison. I hope I will remember that the next time I complain about something trivial.