The thing that stands out most for me in the midst of the most recent unbelievable tragedy in Boston is the number of people who stepped up to do good — even in the face of such unthinkable evil. It’s terrible that it only takes one person dropping bombs into trash cans to cause mayhem and chaos, but what isn’t terrible, what is truly great and inspiring and equally unbelievable is the number of people prepared to lend a hand in that same chaos.
The world we live is doesn’t always make sense. People do crazy, selfish, unreasonable and horrible things that make us all question humanity, but the light in this world is the number of people prepared to put themselves in danger to undo even the nastiest of things. We see it time and again in every tragedy that comes up — people running towards the danger, people carrying others from the rubble, people putting other people’s well being before their own safety. And those people are the measure of our society.
So I’ll always be horrified by the terrible things that people are capable of. My jaw will drop every time someone walks into a school and starts shooting children. My eyes will water every time I hear of someone blowing up a celebration of dedication and pursuit of excellence. My heart will drop when I think about how easy it is to do such terrible things. But what I will always return to, what will always console me, what will always give me hope is that there are more people willing to help in those situations even though helping is 100 times harder than being the person behind the chaos.
It is not easy to be a hero and yet every time something like this happens hundreds of them show up out of no where. People that were just spectators become brave beyond belief. So I choose to celebrate the heros. I choose to stand with the people who make a difference. And I choose not to live into the fear of being blown up or shot at. I choose hope.
I implore all runners to sign up for the next marathon and give a whole hearted, passionate, loud as hell fuck you to the person who chose terror over peace. I implore all people to live for the heros and the peace keepers. Because what I go to bed every night thankful for is that for every nut job with a backpack and a bomb there are about 1,000 decent human beings who honor and respect their fellow man and will go to any lengths to help anyone.
In the face of terror do what you do every day better than you did it the day before. Be more thankful than you were yesterday. And help more people today than you did all last week. Keep running, keep loving, keep hoping and keep dreaming — because giving up on those things, quitting because you’re scared of the terrorists is far more frightening than the fact that evil exists.
“Be the change that you want to see in this world.” It’s a simple quote – but Ghandi knew what the fuck he was talking about.
Thinking of Boston,