Sharing a blogging tip or makeup tutorial didn’t seem right today. Honestly, nothing does.
Here’s what I’ll say: I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the victims. I am sorry for the families. I am sorry that we failed you.
It’s horrifying, whatever it is. Terror. Hate. All of the above. It needs to stop.
We’re arrogant to think this doesn’t affect us. It does. The victims were out celebrating and partying on a Saturday night, as many of us do. They weren’t putting themselves in a dangerous situation. They couldn’t have known, just as the parents who dropped off their babies at Sandy Hook couldn’t have known. Just as those going to church to pray couldn’t have known. Just as the movie-goers watching Batman couldn’t have known. Just as those at a political rally, or doing their jobs, or just living their fucking lives couldn’t have known.
As I said on Twitter, I know it seems horrible to bring up politics at a time like this. But politicians are failing us. We elect them to do right by us, and they are not. I pray for someone who wants to protect us all: all races, all sexes, the LGBTQ community, Christians, Muslims, the poor, everyone in this country and on this planet, because none of our lives matter more than another.
Aside from all that, there’s one thing I do know: we are resilient. I read a post once from the woman who lost her children and parents in a Christmas morning fire, and, when she was giving the eulogy, she said she had no idea how she was there… yet she was. It stuck with me. The human spirit will claw and fight and allow us to accomplish the unimaginable. We saw it after 9/11. We see after every tragedy. We have already seen it in Orlando – hundreds of citizens lined up to donate blood and unite. And that’s what we should try to do now: unite behind these victims. Unite behind their families who will need all of the support in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Unite behind the LGBTQ community. Unite behind one another.