Tragedies happen every day. A person dies in a car accident, another dies of cancer, and still another dies giving birth or while being born. Tragedies are ever present in our world, even if they don't happen right around us or we are not aware of them. If we were to take every single tragedy into our hearts and feel them as deeply as our own personal hurts, most of us wouldn't be able to get out of bed in the morning.
So we go on living our lives, hearing about these sad things that happen, and knowing there are infinitely more, and we don't really allow them to penetrate. At least not completely.
That is until something like the Las Vegas shooting happens, in which (so far) 58 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured, in what they are now calling the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, and we cannot ignore it. We can't keep it at bay and try to prevent it from affecting us on an emotional level, as the scale of it is just too immense. The sadness and knowledge of the sheer waste of life that now pervades our reality is so heavy that it can crush us. The helplessness and fear that this violent act can manifest in us has the potential to cripple us from continuing on our day. Do we let it?
And here on social media, there is an added element of timeliness and appropriateness... it begs the question, should we really be posting pictures of our workouts or meal ideas within hours of hearing about this tragedy? Should we take a hiatus from our regular online social lives out of respect for those who have died and those families who have lost loved ones? I don't know the right answer, or if there even is a right one; but for me, I had written something last night that I was going to post on here this morning and now it just doesn't feel right to post it.
So for today, this is it. This is my contribution to the online social landscape. A solemn recognition of how devastating this act was, and how sad I am for those who lost a loved one last night. Their lives are forever changed by senseless tragedy, and my heart is aching for them today, and for our world. 💔