Just at the point of triumph, just at the point of exhaustion, just at the point of reunion with loved ones, bombs exploded. Bombs hit, hurt, and killed.
The deaths and injury are terrible and sad. My heart goes out to the victims and the families of victims. When something like this happens, there is so much hurt, so much pain. The victims, of course, are hurt in the most horrific ways. I can't begin to really comprehend what it must be like for the injured today.
I was safely home in New York. Relaxing and stretching, actually, after my own run, albeit only a 5K. As soon as I found out about Boston, my heart started hurting, aching in outrage and sorrow.
I think there's hurt all round, for all of us who are hear about this type of violence, no matter where we live.
- I'm wondering what else could happen. What else might happen.
- I'm hurting for those who were hurt.
- I'm feeling angry. I'm trying not to hate.
- I'm feeling afraid.
- I'm feeling concerned especially for children who hear about this, another killing. Another killing where a child dies.
- I'm feeling confused, I just don't understand how someone could choose to do something like this.
- I'm also feeling grateful, in a strange almost guilty way, that it didn't happen to me or to my family members. I take this abit personal, my sister was going to run, but didn't. I'm glad I could call her right up and hear her voice on the other side, safe.
I'm feeling all these things, and I wonder if you are too...
I'm a mental health professional and it's hard for me to put this all together, to get past this, to figure out what to say. It will take time. I reminded myself to take extra care of myself today, to be gentle with myself, because this kind of thing shakes me up. I remind you to try to do the same.
And, if you are parenting, keep your young children away from the news, especially any that includes video or photographs. Let them be kids and know as little as possible. So, turn the television off when they are around. We can get traumatized in a secondary way from hearing about tragedies, and this is something we can choose to avoid.
Today and throughout this week, I'm going to be deliberate in reaching out to others, even in small ways, to share comfort, and to get comfort myself. A smile here, a hug there, a conversation and kindness here and there.
It's a powerful way to stand up to violence.
It will also honor the victims of Boston.
I invite you to join me in doing so.