I have so many thoughts running through my head today. It is kind of difficult to even think of what to write, where to start, how to write what I want… here goes!
While I have been living in Boston for almost two years now, I have only just recently started thinking of this city as home (I think that came after I explored enough, and finally learned my favorite spots, restaurants, etc.). It’s so surreal to think of my home as being an unsafe place now- and even worse to think of my favorite places here being targeted in such a negative way. It is mind blowing for me to think of how I was checking out the finish line, taking in the eager, hopeful and excited atmosphere on Sunday afternoon, just 24 hours before the explosions took place.
From what my friends in that area had told me, what I have seen, and what I have felt, I can say that there was so much sadness, frustration, fear, vulnerability, confusion.. all the feelings you don’t really ever want… surrounding the greater Boston area. And really, I shouldn’t just say Boston, because yesterday’s events are affecting people from all over and therefore, the entire world. The Boston Marathon could quite easily be named the most popular marathon, and runners come from literally all over the world to participate. So at this time, everyone is affected, as we all always are when there are tragedies. However, what should be most noted, and what I really want you to take away from this, is the sense of community that has proven to be very strong here.
I encourage you all to watch the news on this if you haven’t yet, because between the sadness and unreal facts, you will hear the stories of camaraderie between strangers. My personal favorite so far: There were runners who never stopped at the finish line of their race, but instead ran all the way to the hospital to donate blood for the victims. These are the stories that really have helped me find love, hope and assurance in my home again. And while this can’t take away the pain, upset and loss, they certainly can help to push us forward. I have to say, when I first found out about the explosions, I was so sad and discouraged about my home. But the reactions of the community members, those near and far, have made me feel so proud of Boston. In this case, the reaction was so much more important and valuable in overcoming the action.
It will be a large hump to get over this tragedy, but I am honestly so glad to know that I am in such a strong community. It makes all the vulnerability fade a bit… and that is what’s important. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking about the way I styled the latest trends, but today, this post was more important to me to write. So apologies for the lack of fashion, and thank you for supporting Boston, and all of those affected, during this difficult time. I’ll be back tomorrow with my usual posts. In the meantime, stay safe and thank you for reading!
Pictures from @ilycouture and @ruemagazine respectively.