On my sister’s birthday, our friend invited us over to surprise my sister for a small celebration. My friend lives in the old City of Jerusalem. After we brought the cake and sang for her, her mother insisted to stay for dinner and we did, afterwards, it got late and decided to go home, unfortunately my friend’s father refused for the political conflicts between Palestinians and Israeli’s that started right outside their house to fill up the whole neighborhood with fights, screams, fire, shooting guns, and people running from the stabbed Jew, ending with closing the gates preventing anyone from passing by. We got stuck to a point where we planned a sleepover. Later, we learned that the gate opened and we got our things and headed out. Honestly at first I was scared, but that feeling was so strong; to be in the center of all such clashes for the first time was an indescribable thing. My sister and I were traumatized from what we had seen, heard and lived in the past few hours. We walked to the main gate of Jerusalem and stood still shocked and confused; we forgot where we parked our car! Suddenly another friend we know came up to us and helped finding our car which was parked in the same place we usually park in! We got home safe and sound. When I think of this incident I don’t think of the negativity I got during such scare but actually I felt re-energized and refreshed! You experience something scary.. Your fear of it decreases.