A Sad Day

I want to take a detour from my usual posts and take a moment to address the tragedy that took place in Boston yesterday. Over the past few months, tragedy has struck the U.S. more times than I can remember in my entire 24 years. Yesterday's events were the straw that broke the camel's back. I have not been able to stop thinking about what happened. This morning on the subway I had to use all of my strength to restrain tears from running down my cheeks as I read the numerous articles on the Boston Marathon bombing in the NY Metro newspaper. The thoughtless, reckless and unnecessary deaths that have occurred these past few months will forever leave me wondering why people cause this kind of pain and havoc. Why? And for what reason?

While my mind has been filled with sad and negative thoughts, I have been trying to turn to the positive stories that can be found even in the wake of disasters. Without these stories and photos, I truly think my hope would be lost. Although an article about people donating blood and rushing to help those injured at the finish line does not reverse this tragedy, it can at least help to find the light in the darkness.

Boston and all of those effected, you are in my thoughts and prayers. To the police officers who are stationed throughout Boston, New York, and DC, thank you for your service. To those who rushed to assist people in need, thank you for your bravery and selflessness.

Here are some wise words from Mr. Rogers to shed some hope and light onto a dark and tragic event.