I could sit here and type away about how unpleasant the world is with everything that’s happening. I could go on, we all could. I can hold my hands up and say that I’ve been frightened. Frightened to hang about in large crowds and very weary of my surroundings. The whole situation quite simply confuses me and I am no longer stressing myself out trying to make sense of it, or life in general if I’m honest. I’m not here to speak about politics, I wouldn’t say I’m educated enough to be able to have a strong enough opinion, but one thing I do know is that the world is a very crooked place. When these terror attacks occur, it puts everyone in a state of fear. It’s hard to get away from the situation when it’s plastered over the media and everyone’s speaking about it. If you’re like me, it can start really messing with your head. Overthinking is one of the things I do best and I noticed a definite change in my mood when the Manchester Bombings sadly took place. I couldn’t shake it out of my mind for a good few days. I couldn’t see anything positive in it; there’s nothing good about innocent people losing their lives.
Recently I’ve been focused on trying to see and appreciate the good in every situation. Because of this and for my own sanity, I decided to watch all the news footage from that night, one after the other. Instead of experiencing feelings of dread and upset, I focused all my attention on every individual person that was helping in any way. The emergency services and random passer-by’s helping young children get to safety. Off duty police rushed to the scene whilst others extended their shifts. I know that people also offered places to stay, food, clothing and even their own blood! I am fully aware that the person who committed this evil act is linked to a much bigger network, but when I looked at it in a different perspective it proved that the quantity of kind-hearted people most definitely outnumbered that one malicious individual the night of 22nd May. Sometimes it’s hard to see the good under all the bad but focusing on the good certainly made me feel better.
We as humans try to make the best of such terrible circumstances and I know that because of this, the homeless man that pulled shrapnel from people’s faces has now been offered a home and money to get his life back on track. In my opinion it’s important we recognise people like this and that we are contributing value to the lives of others instead of spreading more hate.
I get it, it fucking sucks. All I want is for everyone to get along and be happy but I live in the real world and I know it’s wishful thinking. It’s totally tragic; innocent lives lost, injured and affected all around the world, every month because of terrorism. I started writing this blog post after the Manchester Bombings and I’m finishing it today, 4th June after another terror attack happened last night in London. More life’s lost and more heartbroken relatives – my heart goes out to them all. It saddens me that I am no longer shocked when I turn on the television and see the “breaking news – terror attack” headlines. This is the reality of it. It also upsets me that thousands of innocent Syrian children have died, but this is the shit that is happening in our world and I think we as human beings should try and see the good as well as the bad, for our own stability. As horrible as the London attacks are, it didn’t shake me up as much as I was able to witness the caring people as well. From the first phone call reporting the terror, to the time it took for the police to shoot the killers was just 8 minutes. That’s impressive.
It’s hard, especially when the media cover mostly negative stories every day, but try to look for those little acts of kindness amid the turmoil, because it opens your eyes to the good that still surrounds us. Be kind and do good yourself, because in all honesty that’s all we can really do to avoid the pain and violence in this world from eating us up.