In consideration of the recent events this week, I find it important to talk about the serious things, the depressing things, the things no one wants to hear but knows they need to.
50+ people dead, 500+ more injured.
Yet, when I heard it, it didn’t surprise me as much as it should’ve. Sure, it disturbed me. But haven’t we all kind of grown to get use to things like this a bit?
And isn’t that sad?
We’ve all heard about it. And while I find it important to talk about, I’m tired of talking about it. Because you know what I see a lot of that isn’t talked about enough around times like this?
Love. And care. And people who just want to help.
A lot of heroes, a lot of silent heroes. A lot of people who risked their life or GAVE their life in order to protect someone they love, even if that someone was a complete stranger.
And the people all across the United States, who pray or send positive vibes or give blood or donate money or fly across the country to help those who are affected.
Not even just for terrorism, but also for the natural disasters people don’t foresee, or didn’t foresee it being this bad.
Even for things that are happening daily that a lot of us forget about, like hunger, homelessness, sexual assault, domestic violence, child trafficking, amongst other things.
I hear too many people say, when these depressing topics are brought up, “but there’s nothing I can do”. How untrue that statement is. Yes, you’re one person. But look at all the well known heroes throughout history. They were just one person. And you’re no different from them, except that you haven’t found that burning light inside of you yet.
Do you want to help people? Lack of finances doesn’t need to be an excuse. You can help by donating your time. And yes, we’re all busy.. but put yourself in their shoes for a second.
Love in any way you know how. In EVERY way you know how. Love by donating time, love by donating money, by donating blood, by donating clothes you don’t wear anymore, even by smiling at strangers, by sincerely asking how someone is, by paying for the coffee behind you in the drive thru, by checking up on those people you love but have been withdrawn lately.
There are many ways to love. Love will always shine brighter than hate, and if you look around, you’ll see it. Find it in yourself.
If you find yourself lacking the funds to personally be a financial help, I’ll leave a link below where you can find places you can simply volunteer your time in your area.
Be the light. Be the love. Be the hope. Don’t give up.