Really a wonderful post by you. Best of luck for the contest.
When faced with an unexpected difficulty we need to have the maturity not make a hurried choice but assess what's in hand and how we can overcome the obstacle. There are many stories of people getting lost in hiking trails or facing unexpected situations in extreme sports and surviving because they did not panic.
One of the best true stories about an unexpected accident is that of Aron Ralston, a climber whose hand was trapped beneath a large stone. He was stuck without any help for 127 hours. He finally cut his own hand to escape hand reach to safety. I think, he survived because of willpower and accepting the unexpected without giving up hope.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease