I don’t know about you, but I’ve never liked watching the news. For me, watching the news only highlights the parts about the world I don’t want to see- the terror, heartache and hardship that is sweeping its way across the globe.
Well, let me tell you about a time where I couldn’t change the channel and when what happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas. In fact, what happened Vegas that night travelled across the world and it even traveled into my nightmares; What happened in Vegas would not go unnoticed.
My friend and I wanted an unforgettable vacation…and did we ever get it. It being my first trip without my parents, I was ready for a wild one, but nothing could’ve prepared me for this life changing experience. It was a weekend of county music, laughter, cowboy boots, and too much whiskey; it was my happy place.
Little did I know, the music would come to an abrupt stop, the laughter would turn into screaming and the cowboy boots and whiskey would be abandoned on the ground. Little did I know, I’d loose my happy place.
October 1st, 2017 marks the day of the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the history of the United States. October 1st, 2017 marks the day that 58 innocent lives were taken, and the day 22,000 people and their loved ones would never forget.
They say ignorance is bliss; they’re right. After the events of that night, I had to face the harsh reality that the sense of safety that I never had given a second thought about was replaced with debilitating anxiety and mistrust of the world we live in. These are things I’m still working very hard to get back.
This post is not intended to scare, nor is it intended as a statement about gun control; it’s actually about gratitude. Even though ignorance is bliss, ignorance by definition leaves out parts of the picture.
As I mentioned before, I had a sense of safety that I never had given a second thought about. Before the shooting I didn’t think going outside a second thought, before the shooting, a took my country and access to free healthcare for granted. it is because of the shooting, that I can be thankful for the things I have. As cliche as it sounds, that night made me grateful for the important things in life, for the friends and family that helped get me through it and the place I get to call home.
My message is this: the world isn’t always as it seems, and as much as we’d like to, we can’t always change the channel, but don’t let that stop you from seeing the good in it too.