PRAY FOR LAS VEGAS
As with most of America, I cannot stop watching the news of the horrific event in Las Vegas even after a week I am still at a loss for words. I am heartbroken and felt the need to write down my thoughts. This blog is like a personal diary to me, so take it or leave it – I’m not going to apologize if you don’t agree with what I have to say.
I woke up in the middle of the night to the news of this tragedy and couldn’t go back to sleep. I laid in bed for hours thinking about how that could’ve easily been me or one of my friends who love country music and Las Vegas as much as I do. I prayed and yet, I couldn’t keep my prayers in order, my mind kept jumping around. I had friends who were in Vegas at the time and friends heading out to Vegas in the coming days. I read reports of those who lost their lives and many were right around my age.
I am LOVING how the media is talking about the victims versus that POS whose name I don’t even need to know. Unfortunately, I feel historically the media has done a great job discussing the life, history, religious beliefs, etc. of the murderer (gunman, bomber or whatever POS that thinks it’s ok to take someone else’s life). This time I can have a conversation based on what I’ve heard over news coverage about the lives of at least ten of the victims that were killed. In many cases, I’ve seen the reactions of the loved ones left behind and am reminded of how strong those individuals are for discussing the heartbreak they are experiencing.
I’m sure many of you have heard what Mr. Rogers has said:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ “
It is so incredibly true. My mother has always said to me that there is more good than mean in this world and this incident proved that – all the people who were grabbing strangers and taking them to safety, or jumping on top of them to shield them is unbelievable. It scares me because I am not certain I will be the one to help in a time of need, I fear I would run and not think about anyone but myself. I like to think that I’m not a selfish person, but I truly don’t know how I would act in such chaos. I heard on the news that everyone should know basic first aid and CPR classes and I am making it a personal goal to take one of these classes before the end of the year.
*Disclaimer: I’m still so new to this blogging thing, that I didn’t know if I could use photos from the internet, so I didn’t use any. SORRY!