The Boston Marathon Tragedy
It’s hard to imagine the horror that runners and their families felt on Monday.
Many non-athletic adults run marathons to prove to themselves that it is possible to do anything you set your mind to do. It is truly mind over matter. It is a wonderful, uplifting experience. It is built on hard work, persistence, and grit.
But Monday’s marathon will be forever different for these runners.
We are reminded that human beings can destroy as well as create. We have the capacity to do good, to rally together for the benefit of the community, and to perform heroic deeds. With our extraordinary will, many of us can run 26 miles!
But we can also do harm—often with the illusion that we have a just cause. As I am writing this, we do not know what motivated this crime. I am sure that we will know soon enough.
To some degree, I feel numb. The trail of horror left behind in Connecticut is still fresh in my heart. Aurora, Colorado is not far behind. Intellectually, I know that this is a defense mechanism. It is hard to regularly experience shock, sadness, and fear without creating some emotional distance. It is protective.
On the other hand, I imagine the families that are grieving. And those that are seriously injured knowing that their lives have been changed forever—simply for being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, through no fault of their own.
I am sad.
I am afraid.
I agree with Dr. Swanson, in her Seattle Momma Doc blog, that there is no benefit to share this sad and scary news with young children. If they are fortunate, they won’t learn of it. We don’t want children to have unnecessary fear of events that are outside of their control. If they bring it up, we need to answer their questions, honestly, in terms that they can understand.
Acts of terror bring fear into ordinary everyday life where there should be none. I know that I will be looking around when I attend the next big sporting event, fireworks display, or parade. I will be thinking about the innocent, excited spectators at the Boston Marathon. This is what terrorists want. They want to spread anxiety.
In my opinion, it is vitally important not to let these tragic events prevent us from living our lives as we wish to. Yes, we will be more vigilant and aware. This collective alertness may someday prevent something like this from happening again. At least it will make it harder for someone to be successful at creating mayhem.
We must share, as a nation, our grief and sadness. But let us resolve not to let our fear stop us from living our lives. Please share your sentiments, feelings and thoughts….