There is a lot of tragedy going on around here right now… If you’re not a regular reader (or even if you are… maybe I don’t mention it, I don’t know), I live and blog from right outside of Boston. The rental house that I just moved out of was 3 miles from the Boston City Line. I could have run there… except that there was a 1/2 mile that simply stank between me and the official line and the running path is UGLY over there… so I usually ran in the other direction. My new house is a bit farther away. I could try to prove to you how often I’ve been near that finish line, but it seems ridiculous to me.
Everyone I know is safe and sound. I know people who were spectators and I know people who were running (everyone is ok!). And I could share their stories with you, but it makes me sad and I don’t want to spread the sadness. I have to admit that I stopped watching the news coverage pretty early on. I saw one of the initial images of the sidewalks of Boylston St covered in blood and I was done. There are images during tragedies like this that you simply can never get rid of. Take, for example, the images of people jumping out of the Towers on 9/11. If you know what I’m talking about, it’s because you will also carry that horror with you forever. I don’t want any additional images like that. I don’t want to see the carnage – I know it’s there and that’s hard enough for me. The tagline of my blog is “reasons to get out of bed” and I can assure you if I glued myself to news, I’d never get out of bed due to the crippling depression, despair, and hopelessness.
So I’ll focus on the better things here. There are so many people who ran TOWARDS the victims to offer help. These people started the day as ordinary people and ended the day as heroes, at least in my book. There are people who completed the marathon and then ran over a mile to Massachusetts General Hospital to donate blood for the victims. These are the stories I think we need to share.
Here are other rays of sunshine if you’re needing them:
Tha Atlantic Wire’s Stories of Kindness After the Bombing
The intro to the Colbert Report from 4/16/13
Patton Oswalt’s Facebook post about humanity
Buzzfeeed’s 29 Reasons to Love Boston (number 28 is my personal favorite)
This Facebook post from a friend of mine:
And because, let’s be real, a Bostonian has to include at least a little attitude:
Good luck brightening your spirits and continuing forward during this tragedy.
I will be returning with my silly “slice of life” posts because that’s how I deal – by moving forward.