Yesterday, one of the most iconic cities in the world was paralyzed by fear; fear caused by literal terror.
As I watched the news, I couldn’t help but cry.
It dawned on me that no one is ever prepared for the emotions that follow such horrific and unexpected events. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you live; you will have always have a reaction to fear and heartbreak.
As I processed this thought, I began to cry even more, because I found myself thinking,
“This is the world we live in. This is reality.”
The natural question everyone asks is “Why?” Is it politics? Religion? Retaliation? My answer: The why doesn’t matter.
What happened in Paris was not an attack on a country or its people. It was an attack on humanity. It was an effort to rob the world of its sense of security, and it makes sense. Attacking one of our most basic needs is one of the quickest paths to victory, as they are the hardest to reestablish.
Emotions drive us all. That is why, when horrific events such as this unfold, we must come together. We must love.
It may not change the course of events, and it won’t bring back the lives that are lost, but love is the one thing that no one can take from us. Even after we are gone, the love we give and the love we receive will never be lost or forgotten.
So, while you’re watching the news, kiss your significant other, hug your friends, hold your kids, and remember, that the love you share can never be taken from you.
To Paris: The City of Love