Life Less Ordinary

Life Less Ordinary is a weekly blog series from The Huffington Post UK showcasing weird, wonderful and transformational life experiences

Whether you have diced with death, experienced something extraordinary, or just have a downright weird story to tell, we want to hear from you. If you would like to pitch an idea for the Life Less Ordinary series, please email ukblogteam@huffingtonpost.com with 'LLO' in the subject line.

I Delivered A Baby Girl On My Firefighting Shift. The Next Day She Became My Daughter

Marc Hadden - former firefighter from South Carolina

I Delivered A Baby Girl On My Firefighting Shift. The Next Day She Became My Daughter
The doctors told me that the baby was already going to a good home but said I should talk to the birth mom and tell her of our interest in adopting the newborn. I did just that - I told her about my family, how we wanted more children and how much we would love and care for the baby girl. I then left, hopeful, and returned to work.

I Was Held Hostage At Gunpoint

Emma Slade - ordained Buddhist nun, yoga teacher and author

I Was Held Hostage At Gunpoint
The fear of dying gave me a deep sense of how precious my life is and of how much I did not want to waste it. This feeling began to slowly seep into my life and led to my decision to leave the City and begin a long quest to feel clearer about the meaning and potential of my own human life.

When My Kidneys Failed Me My Sense Of Humour Thrived

Jess Bancroft - freelance writer and illustrator

When My Kidneys Failed Me My Sense Of Humour Thrived
I stepped away from the dark side; I let Darth go. I may have been holding on to an increasingly threadbare sense of humour, but what was more important was what was hidden within it - a sense of hope. You see for me, the two things are irrevocably intertwined. So I turned off R.E.M. and put on Beyoncé. What else can you do?

I Left Priesthood For The Woman I Love

Dan Murtah - Teacher, comedian and former priest

I Left Priesthood For The Woman I Love
At 27 years-old I was wrong to think I knew how my life would turn out. If I have learned anything it is that life happens to you. There are surprises, sorrows, and opportunities that I can't even imagine up ahead and I am lucky enough to have the woman I love to share those with.

Losing My Husband, Daughter And Leg Taught Me The True Meaning Of Resilience

Victoria Milligan - personal trainer, mentor and writer

Losing My Husband, Daughter And Leg Taught Me The True Meaning Of Resilience
I thought I would collapse from the pain of my grief, I literally imagined myself melting into the floor in one big grief puddle. I look back now, four years on, and wonder how I have survived. I suppose the reality is that I had no choice. Time doesn't stop just because a major tragedy happens in your life and I had three bereaved children, who had lost so much already, to look after. I was determined they were not going to lose me too.

I Went Blind For A Year

Georgie Morrell - stand-up comedian, writer and actress

I Went Blind For A Year
I went from being a spunky 21-year-old storming around London with no clue about who she was or what she was doing, to an isolated child-like woman who couldn't or, better yet, wouldn't adapt to her new-found blindness.

I Woke Up From A Coma Locked-In My Own Body

Kate Allatt – motivational speaker, trainer and lecturer

I Woke Up From A Coma Locked-In My Own Body
I over thought 24/7, seven days per week and felt horrific anxiety and fear. Fear that my husband may be encouraged to switch off my life support machine in the early days. I also suffered severe boredom, sleeplessness - because you slept out of boredom during the day - and experienced graphic hallucinations, that no one warned me or my family about. I was scared shitless of dying, then at other times, I wished I could physically pull the plug on my own life support machine.

A 150mile Sahara Desert Race Taught Me Anything Is Possible

Harjeet Johal, writer

A 150mile Sahara Desert Race Taught Me Anything Is Possible
Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I first saw the empty infinity stretch out in front of me. I could hear it goading me. What right do you have to be here! It shouted. This was mankind's most deadly theatre. It had consumed armies; halted dictators and sucked the life out of the unprepared. It was going to chew me up and spit me out.

It Took A Barracuda Attack To Make Me Realise I Wanted To Live

Maggy Whitehouse - comedian, minister and author

It Took A Barracuda Attack To Make Me Realise I Wanted To Live

The barracuda was right there; lurking. It was enormous, with great black marks like portholes down its side and teeth that made me shiver. It was side on when I first saw it and about 20 metres away but it flipped in less than a second to face-on and came towards me so fast it was like a blur.

It is true that time slows down in a crisis. I remember the terror - and I also remember thinking very clearly 'I want to live.' Until that moment, I hadn't been sure.