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BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS – My Reactions

April 15, 2013 1 comment

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Days like today are unfortunately becoming more frequent.  They always start out the same way: ordinary.  I woke up tired, as I hadn’t gotten much sleep last night.  That being said, I still had a positive outlook and mindset, and I don’t say this ironically.  I genuinely had a positive attitude towards moving forward with a new day, as I try my best to do everyday.

Up until around 2:15 pm, things were going well.  I had some great discussions in my classes, shared laughter with friends and was generally feeling good.  However, at 2:15, I heard the news that several bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon.  Now, when I first heard this, I didn’t quite know how to react, similar to when I found out about the tragedies in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut.  When I hear something like this, it’s like my emotions have completely checked out and I’m truly at a loss for words.  Not until I watched live news footage of the events, during my last class of the day, did I get a handle on my feelings.

Watching the bombs explode, the victims injured and the recounts of witnesses made me feel parts devastated, confused and infuriated.  I haven’t had a reaction to a news event like this before.  I was very young when 9/11 happened, and I have no good reason for not having the same reactions I had today to the events in Aurora and Newtown.  To be quite honest, those more recent events are so surreal to me that I still have a difficult time comprehending how they could have happened.  With today’s events in Boston, maybe it’s because I have friends who live there, maybe it’s because I saw footage of the explosion taking place, maybe it’s because I watched wall-to-wall news coverage for 45 minutes at school.  I really don’t know.

What I do know is this: I’m fundamentally bothered that this type of disaster keeps happening.  More than that, I’m fed up and sick of it.  I’m not saying the world has to be fair, because it’s not.  This type of widespread panic occurs daily in other countries, and there’s no good reason they should suffer any more than we do.  I am saying this: the potential of humans is great.  We have the power to be creative, thoughtful and helpful.  And whenever I hear about a tragedy like today’s events in Boston, I’m bothered and disappointed in what some humans choose to do.

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