In each of our lifetimes, however long or short, terrible things like this happen. We try to understand them, but we really cannot. There’s no way to make sense of how someone can willfully cause so much pain.
When tragedy strikes all we can do is make sense of our own lives. We can look toward the people who matter most, the things we do each day that make us happy, and hope that we’ll have more time to enjoy them.
It’s totally normal to feel really sad about this, even if you don’t know anyone who was involved and even if you live a million miles away. Imagining someone else’s pain is empathy. It means that you care about your fellow man or woman and there’s nothing wrong with that. I am sure your parents have already filled your head with notions like mine have, “The world is a scary place,” “Don’t talk to strangers,” and “Be safe, not sorry.”
The world IS scary and dangerous, but it’s also (and mostly) wonderful and exciting. It’s important to not let the heinous acts of a few misguided people get us down or make us too afraid to live life to the fullest. Will the Gurl staff be in theaters this weekend to see The Dark Knight Rises? You, betcha! Will we be slightly apprehensive about it? Of course.
The important thing to remember is that you make the world a better place by not behaving like this. You make the world a better place by being a good friend, daughter, sister or aunt. You make the world a better place by enjoying yourself and spreading that joy–to not happily live your life is an injustice. So honor the victims of this tragedy, be empathetic, then go outside and have fun. Life is precious.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
How do you cope when tragedy strikes? Tell us in the comments.