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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's Never Us

This is probably a topic that most are bored of, that most don't want to hear about anymore. But I can't ignore this. Early this morning, before leaving for school, I was informed of the Boston Marathon bombing. After arriving at home again, I decided to look it up, do some research myself instead of just asking people what happened.

I'm sure everyone will agree with me when I say this: This is a sad event that has taken place, and my prayers go to everyone who has a connection to the area and has been affected.

Does that apply to myself? Or anyone else? In a way, this has affected all of us. Our thoughts are more solemn, less free. But while we mourn for those lost, others rejoice in the death and injuries that come. After the Connecticut shooting, there were many more school shootings because they had been inspired by Adam Lanza. What guarantee do we have that this will not happen elsewhere, now that it has begun? There was another bombing yesterday after three at the JFK library. I could not find out whether they were connected to each other while searching this all up.

In that sense, this bombing has affected us. We are more afraid, more wary of being hurt. We worry for those who surround us, and hesitate about small decisions, simple ones that could end your life or sever you a limb just like this one bombing. But that isn't all.

What about the place itself, the horror of it all? One of my relatives happened to be going there, but was saved due to the fact she had gotten late in leaving. I used to live in Massachusetts. No one I had known there is hurt, but still, I find myself unable to get past the fact that there could have been. There might have been someone I knew. I don't take interest in marathons or any sport of that sort, but what are the chances that I could have been there, had my dad's job not forced us to move 3000 miles away?

And that brings me to the main focus of my post. I've lived a safe life, and I'm sure many that I know can agree with me in that we have all lived in a bubble of security. But that bubble is slowly stretching and growing weaker, and soon it will pop. Many never had that bubble, and for many it has disappeared long before. But whenever we hear about these events, we get disgusted by the people responsible, and feel sorry for those affected, but that's all. I understand there really is nothing we can do about it, and I'm not suggesting to stay in low spirits for a long time because of something you are not concerned with, but we always just carry on with our lives and leave it at that. A moment of silence. Is that all?

I know that for many what I am about to say next isn't true, that people have indeed suffered serious losses through events like these. But for most of us, we hear about this and feel relieved, it wasn't us. We weren't affected. But so many are, I feel that it isn't even a question of if we will ever be in their position anymore, but when. And when we do, people feel shower us with pity for a few minutes, and that will be all. But it has never been us. It's never us. We will be safe. Even when thinking about it logically, we have that strange little feeling lingering around, saying that we will never be there.

And so despite this all, the best I can do for those affected by the Boston Marathon incident is feel sorry for them, and send them my prayers. My heart goes to all who are affected, and if anyone who is reads this, then know that I really, honestly, and truly, feel for you.