[Serious] [NSFW] Redditors who have been on the brink of death/legally dead, can you describe what it felt like?

You know how they say your life flashes before your eyes ? It really does.

In the summer I went to the river to swim with a friend , my brother & my sister . This river had a rope swing on the opposite side so me & a friend decided to swim to it . Now , Im not the best swimmer by a long shot & the other side was only about 45 meters so i figured it would be fine. My friend ended up going first and swam easy , with shoes on. I start swimming and instantly tell myself 1. Its cold as shit 2. Im tired already 3. This is farther then I thought. I get about 20 meters and decide to head back because in my head, I knew I would make it that last 25 . I turn around and realize how far I am & instantly started to panic , yelling for my brother and sister that I needed help but they couldnt hear me. Knew I would have to just swim back so i started to backstroke for what felt like 30 mins , turned around & seen I wasnt even close getting back. It was cold to a point where no matter how much swimming I did , it wouldnt help . I dived down to try and kick off the floor but didnt realize how deep the water was by then & started to tell myself 'This is where you die man' , I was fully convinced I was going to drown .

Thats when I felt this jolt of energy , almost like a second wind but more ... uplifting ? I started thinking positively & trying to hype myself up even though my arms and legs were giving out .

When i swam back up a light shined & all the good things my life that I have any recollection of played like a movie for me but in fast forward. I was still aware of my surroundings and swimming but that just kept playing in my vision , all the times I ever remember telling myself 'This is perfect' . I manage to swim maybe 17 meters and decide try and kick off the ground once more as my body was giving out , it worked and I was able to swim all the way back . As soon as I got back I collapsed & the movie stopped playing . Ive never been that tired / scared in my life , definitely a new outlook on life though .

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