Sometimes it is difficult to let go and live life freely without reservation. Now that I have children I am more aware of the “evil” that exists in our world. I have always been a worrier but not to the extent that I am now.
After events like the Boston Marathon how do you move forward without fear? My husbands response to this question was, “You just do.”
I understand where he is coming from. If you let events like this change your day-to-day life then the “evil” wins. Even though I know this is true, it is difficult to follow through and step confidently out into the world.
I went to the mall the other day and my thoughts were disheartening. I kept thinking about what I would do if someone pulled out a gun? How do I get my girls out safely? The fact that I have to think about scenarios like this is heartbreaking. I don’t want to think like this. I want to go to the mall and trust that the people around me are good people. I want to go to a movie theater for a midnight showing and not have a knot in my stomach the entire time. I want to send my daughters to school and trust that they are safe.
While these thoughts were running through my mind I was missing all of the good going on around me.
A man ran in front of me to hold the door open so that I didn’t have to struggle with my stroller.
A stranger handed me a coupon to use for my daughters’ outfits.
A young child put her hand on my daughters shoulder and smiled at her while we were in the elevator.
There is good in this world and we have to work together to ensure that the good always trumps the bad.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by the Boston bombing.