Life Less Ordinary

Life Less Ordinary is a weekly blog series from HuffPost 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 Escaped Moors Murderers Myra Hindley And Ian Brady

Tommy Rhattigan - author

I Escaped Moors Murderers Myra Hindley And Ian Brady
I could smell her heavy perfume and hairspray. Standing face-on to me, hands dug deep into her coat pockets, the woman looked me up and down. She said nothing and instead threw me a quick smile which I returned, letting her know I felt comfortable in her presence and was approachable. She then stepped a little closer with a bright wide smile spread across her face.

A Cycling Accident Shattered My Bones And Olympic Hopes But Now I Really Am Living The Dream

Charlotte Roach - founder of Rabble

A Cycling Accident Shattered My Bones And Olympic Hopes But Now I Really Am Living The Dream
I was incredibly lucky, if you ride a bike, you're going to come off. You just hope it's not in front of an oncoming Land Rover, going downhill, with a trailer of logs behind it. But then my luck drastically reversed and owe my life to a passing Leicester Tigers physio and the Air Ambulance service. Without whom I would certainly not have survived.

I Didn't Know What Inner Strength Was Until My Husband Took His Own Life

Poorna Bell - executive editor at HuffPost UK

I Didn't Know What Inner Strength Was Until My Husband Took His Own Life
What I think inner strength is, is an ability to truly see the world for what it is and bend with it: always changing, shifting and growing. To press yourself into the moments as they arrive rather than always wondering what could go wrong. And while you will always carry the ones you have lost with you, the strength that beats alongside your heart keeps it open to all possibilities.

We Sold Everything We Own To Travel The World With Our Son In A Motorhome

Jennifer Constant - travel writer, blogger and nomadic family adventurer

We Sold Everything We Own To Travel The World With Our Son In A Motorhome
Ethan took his first steps alone next to a castle in Portugal, touched his first piece of snow in the Picos de Europa mountains, said his first word (wow!) on top of Europe's highest sand dune in France, rode his first metro in Barcelona, and chased his first wave on a paradise beach in the Algarve. His and our lives are full.

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.