In light of the tragedy in Kansas yesterday, I decided to post this a day earlier than I originally planned. Martin Richard wrote the message for a school project a year before he was killed along with two others at the Boston Marathon Bombing last year. The same blast that killed Martin robbed his little sister of a leg along with over 150 others. Four days later, Shawn Coulier’s death would herald the beginning of the end of the largest manhunt on U.S. Soil ever.
As many of you might remember, I wrote a couple blogs during that week:
- The Day After
- Yankee Stadium’s Tribute
- Westboro Baptist Church vs. Anonymous: Showdown in Boston?
- The Manhunt is Over
- Boston Eight Days Later
- Red Sox Win the 2013 World Series
As David Ortiz so bluntly put it, this is OUR city. If come into Boston looking to cause trouble, the price will be steep. Boston has moved in since then on more ways than one. The people of Boston elected a new mayor and a new Police Commissioner is in charge. The people of Boston refuse to let what happened last year define this city just like the people of New York refuse to let the events of 9/11 define their city and so on.
Regarding yesterday’s tragedy, Love is powerful but so is Hate. Hate drove a disturbed young man to kill 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary two years ago. What happened at the Boston Marathon is another example of what Hate can drive a person to do. As is the Westboro Baptist Church.
I could go on and on.
In light of the recent string of mass killings and nationally televised acts of violence, I think it’s important for that we use these incidents as teachable moments. It’s said alot but it is the best way to show those with evil intentions they failed: Just go back to your normal routine.
I’m sure the conspiracy theorists have their own ideas but as I’ve said a few times now, I’m not a conspiracy theory. Nor do I associate myself with people who like to entertain baseless conspiracy theories.
I recently realized that I conquered fear itself a few weeks ago. How? By simply ackowledging the things that used to make me afraid. Once I did that, I no longer had a reason to fear anything. I’m sure my perception of that will change when I start a family of my own but as of right now, I can say with all honestly I literally fear nothing. Notice what I did and didn’t say. I never said that I’ll look for an excuse to throw my life away. At the same time, no human can say they hold any sort of power over my emotions.
I have my time in City Year and at The Mission Hill School to thank for that but that’s just speaking for me.