We are shocked. We struggle for answers. We are sad. We are angry. We feel helpless.
We try our best to continue. We look at things differently.
We come together. We slowly heal.
We will never forget.
My brother is a marathoner. Boston has been a part of our lives for many years. He was pacing this year so I skipped the obsessive time checking every few minutes on my computer. My phone buzzed and I figured it was him or my mom sharing the race results. I stared at the screen. Bombing at marathon, I’m okay. I read the message several times before I comprehended what it meant. I turned on the news and watched in disbelief. I texted him back. Are you okay? And this time I meant emotionally. How could we ever prepare ourselves to witness and experience something so horrific?
This is an event that symbolizes fulfilling a dream, achieving your goals, celebrating life, forgetting the past, overcoming obstacles and so many things for so many people. My brother said he will return next year in spite of the horrific things he witnessed because of everything this race stands for. Stay strong Boston! My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this evil act.
Though this video is an example of Americans coming together, I think it is important to acknowledge the outpouring of love and support from other nations. This evil reaches far beyond our borders…