It’s been over a week since the attack on Manchester Arena happened. Since then, I’ve been thinking about a lot of things to do with terrorism, hate, the loss of life for no reason at all.
It’s a scary world we live in right now. From children not being safe to play on the streets, right to nobody being safe anywhere public. How are we supposed to carry on with our lives not knowing if the person next to us is about to detonate himself?
One major concern for me is that these people are not afraid to die, so how do you fight them? They die in an attack – the win. They die fighting for what they believe in – they win. I struggle to see how anyone can have any power or any threats against people who are not scared to die.
There are police everywhere. I keep hearing people mumble that Leeds is expected to be next. But I refuse to be scared.
I refuse because there are absolutely not patterns to where and when these attacks happen. The scale of the deaths varies. The way the attacks are carried out are not always the same. They act alone. The act in groups. It’s planned. It’s not planned. There are just too many different variables to predict where might be next.
The only thing I’m sure if is that it will happen again.
The only thing I can do is hope with my whole heart that the people I love are safe.
I am incredibly lucky that so far, nobody I directly know has been hurt during a terrorist attack. I am incredibly heart broken that not everyone can say this. I have friends that know people that died in Manchester and my heart goes out to them.
I am filled with both sadness and compassion when I see how people have come together at this sad time, to stand together and show care to complete strangers. It is the good that comes out of tragedies like this that gives me hope. After usually seeing murder, robbery, rape, violence on the news, on social media, CCTV videos of people getting vans broken into on Facebook CONSTANTLY – that those people are just a small percent of a huge amount of kind people that are forgotten about.
I hope that one day the world is a bit kinder.
Until then, let’s all be kind.