On Tuesdays, I usually like to post a funny dating disaster story, however, I do not feel comfortable joking less than 24 hours after such a heinous act of evil violence took place last night in Manchester. On the evening of Monday, May 22, 2017, it is being reported that “An explosion that appeared to be a suicide bombing killed at least 22 people and wounded 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert filled with adoring adolescent fans, in what the police were treating as a terrorist attack.”
I cannot even fathom experiencing something like this. I frequent many concerts myself, and before now, I have never had the fear of potentially losing my life while attending. Concerts are a place to have fun and escape the realities of life for a couple hours. They are a place to show praise and respect to an artist that you love and admire deeply with others that feel the same. Ariana Grande shows cater to a younger audience, most of which being under the age of 25. The person or persons responsible for the bombing specifically targeted children who had their whole lives ahead of them. I can’t imagine being a parent in this time. To think that you can drop off your child at a concert and never see them again is simply unfathomable.
Nicola McGraw Murray, who was at the concert with her 12-year-old daughter Olivia told NBC News that “Within seconds as you can imagine it was chaos and people were panicking and running to try and get out the door … We were getting swept with the people crushing to get out and I was terrified my daughter would get crushed. At one point, she was getting dragged away from me but I managed to pull her into me and force her in front of me while trying to direct her to the door and down the steps.”
These now frequent and senseless acts of violence and terrorism, both domestic and international, begin to make for a very pessimistic world. It causes people to feel as though you cannot go anywhere without being targeted. To think that you are not safe in any place is extremely taxing on a person mentally.
I do not want to live my life out of fear. Although the fear is very real, I try not let it dictate my reality. Yet and still, the realities of danger are also very real. Moving forward, I will attempt to be very vigilant of my surroundings, especially when attending events with large crowds. If a threat is presented in advance, I will reconsider attending. Unfortunately, so many of these terrible acts happen without caution or warning, therefore there is no guarantee of security. In this time, I truly have to put all of my trust and faith in God.
I pray for the family, friends, and loved ones of those who lost their lives. I also pray for all individuals injured and those who had to witness and experience such panic and fear. I pray for Ariana’s peace of mind, as I hope she does not blame herself in any way for this tragedy. All in all, I pray for this world and I pray for peace.