It's Okay to be Scared, It's Not Okay to Stop Living.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Like everyone else, I woke up Monday morning to the news of the horrific act that had occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. This tragic event quite literally hit me closer to home because we are roughly a four hour drive away from the city and I watched as friend after friend used the "check-in" option on Facebook to let loved ones know that they were safe throughout the morning.

It is the scariest thing, especially as a new parent, to know that there are things happening like this in our country every day. Things that I have no power over, and things that I know I absolutely cannot control. Of course I know that there are things that I can try to do (and believe me, I'm trying) to prevent events like this from taking place in the future. But I can't guarantee that any of my family is safe when we leave the house and that has to be the worst feeling in the world.

When I was younger my parents took me to do everything. We went to movies and concerts, festivals and amusement parks, and we did so without fear that someone may have such issue with their world that they might choose to take it out on innocent people who are trying to live their best lives.

Now, as I raise my own tiny human, I am caught between wanting to shelter her from all of the bad things about life and wanting her to experience all of the very best things. I understand of course that I can't protect her from everything. I can't be with her 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there will most likely be times that she may be hurt when I'm not around. And I guess as a mom it's just something you choose to accept because the times that you are together are so worth that small fear of being apart.

I think one of the best things we can do after a situation like Route 91 is to try that much harder to live a meaningful life.

Despite the fear, despite the uncertainty, it is so important to live a life that later we can look back on and be proud of. One where we chose to take the chances, decide to search out experiences, one where we truly live. Many people lost their lives because of one persons incredibly selfish act, and I think that to honor those people we must live every day to the absolute fullest.

So today, make the most of the time you have with your people. Love every single one of them with all of your heart. It's okay to be scared, but it's not okay to stop living, so live your best life today.

2 comments

  1. It's definitely important to live a meaningful life and to not let this put a damper in just living. It's what those who lost their lives would want.

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