"A bullet through my bedroom window..."
Saturday, July 07 2012 @ 10:23 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: First of all, you can relax. If the criminologists from the DIJ have not showed up by now, they're not coming. So, you can feel free to clean up the glass and continue on with your life. You've documented the incident, and since the damage was caused by a stray round fired (accidental discharge) by a police officer in the line of duty, eventually the National Police will pay for the damage. I inquired about the procedure, and it's a long process before a check gets cut. Also, because you're renting that apartment you can't file the paperwork, the owner has to do it.
With regards to the psychological trauma that comes with a near miss - look at the bright sides, and there are many.
- First - The bullet didn't hit you in the head, it was a miss. The proper response is "shit, that was close..."
- Second - You were not the victim of the attack. No one was shooting at you. It was a stray round.
- Third - The odds are massively against a repeat of this incident - like by about fifty gazillion to one. If you didn't get killed in this incident, then you're probably clear on this sort of a problem for the rest of your life. Well done.
- Fourth - Anything which doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and scar tissue is tougher than the original.
- Fifth - No matter how bad you think you have it, there's always someone who has it a whole lot worse than you, so count your blessings.
- Sixth - This sort of thing could have happened literally anywhere on the planet. Police officers have accidental discharges in the line of duty all the time, all around the world. This was not a "Panama specific" incident in any way, shape, or form.
In short, suck it up, deal with it, knock the mud off of your boots, and press on. Or, alternatively, feel free to huddle under your bed with your knees drawn to your chest for the rest of your life. That's a lot safer way to live your life, but it's also a whole lot more boring. If you can't sleep, there are pills for that. Literally, I'm not kidding. All joking aside, you might want to seek medical attention to help you get through this little patch of anxiety - which is perfectly understandable. There are all kinds of relatively gentle medications that can help you relax if some more natural and healthy alternatives don't work for you. In any case, this too will pass. Best of luck.
Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.