Last night, a car accident happened just a few feet away from me on 210. I watched a man respond in agony and realized that the person in his car likely did not survive. His screams and panic are etched into my mind. I see it every time I close my eyes. I didn't know this man, but as a human being, his pain resonated with me-just like the people who were taking in a show, having dinner, etc who lost their lives yesterday in Paris.
I cannot imagine the feeling of receiving a phone call or having to identify the body of someone you are not prepared to lose.
As I scroll through my timeline, I see a lot of hateful words, blame shifting, false information, and criticism of each other's responses to the week's events.
I'm no self-help guru, but I do encourage you to step away from this intense environment (social media) and focus on your loved ones and being the best person you can be-OFFLINE. We are all hurting.
We are also becoming numb to the nonstop tragedies and sensationalized misinformation news cycles we find online. We feel it's okay to share insensitive memes and speak on religions we don't participate in.
Take a walk, teach a toddler some curse words (it's hilarious, sorry), do your homework, have some wine, get some crabs, read a good book, binge-watch "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," visit your grandparents, etc.
Cherish the people in your lives and do more than argue/criticize online-get active and support the causes you feel strongly about. Regardless of race, religion or geographic location-we are all human and we all feel pain.
The world is in turmoil.
Be responsible for the energy you bring. 💜