This is not the world I want my kids to grow up in. I don’t want to be afraid to go to major cities or fun events – concerts, sporting events, festivals. I don’t want to live in a world where a mass casualty tragedy strikes, and people are worried about how many likes the President got on his tweet (vs the former President).
People…. it is time to pull your head out of your asses and try to make a difference!
There are people who lost loved ones. There are people who don’t yet know if their loved ones are okay. There are hundreds of people who are injured physically. There are people who will never get over the fear emotionally. There are kids who will see the news and not understand what happened – as a parent, I don’t understand how to explain it!
How do you explain to your children that we live in a world where people feel that they can (or even should) use violence to solve their problems or send a message?!? I don’t understand what drives people to this. How do their loved ones not see it coming? How do we stop it?
I don’t want to hear arguments about terrorism. Or gun laws. This wasn’t some poor misguided child. His race or where he lived does not mean he was not a terrorist. For all we know he owned his arsenal legally. Putting more restrictions on guns, or bans on traveling is not going to fix whatever is plaguing this country or the world….
I know it is easy to feel helpless. Trust me, the idea of hiding out in a fort, or heading to some remote corner of the world to shelter my kids…. it has a lot of appeal! But it won’t help anything.
So…. here is my plan:
- Talk to my kids. Not just about this latest tragedy. But EVERY CHANCE I GET!!! Even if it seems trivial, even if they want to talk about hard stuff. I want my kids to know they can talk to me (us) about ANYTHING!
- Wake up each morning, and live each day with purpose. Clearly things can change in a minute & you don’t always get more time. So be the best you, starting right now!
- Be kind. Be honest. Love with all that you have.
Fight for things that matter folks. Be angry, scared, passionate about the tragic news that floods us every day. Do not waste time spreading hate.
So suck it up, buttercup…. change starts in your own hearts & homes.
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