Here’s the thing! This is becoming the norm, and I know I am not the only one that is affected, squeamish and more than uncomfortable with it. Terrorists attacks have always happened, I get it, but why does it feel like its happening over and over and OVER again lately? We haven’t even begun to recover from the last one, and no where near beginning to heal. But here we are AGAIN! This time, at an Ariana Grande concert of all places. I will get back to this….
Let’s take it back to just last week, when we ALL watched reports coming in from New York City, of a driver who ran over dozens of people and killed one young woman in Times Square. Me and the boyfriend numbly watched this on CNN as we got dressed to get our day started. We both just KNEW and were expecting it to be labeled a terrorist attack. Is it not horrendous, sad and UNREAL, that to our SURPRISE it was NOT. The most twisted part is that we were both relived when we heard that it was ‘just’ a deranged drunk driver. How fucked up is that? This is the times we are living in now and it is just painful and depressing beyond explanation.
Back to the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester. As far as we know, according to authorities, there have been at least 22 innocent people killed, another 50 unsuspecting fans injured and many others still missing. This is enraging, but heartbreaking at the same time. Ariana Grande is probably one of the most family-friendly and relevant acts right now. DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE GO TO ARIANA GRANDE CONCERTS??? Tweens, Teens, Kids and sometimes their parents or grandparents if they are not old enough to go on their own. Working in media, sometimes last minute tickets to shows come up. This particularly hits close to home, because sometime last year, when Ariana Grande was touring and made a stop in San Diego, I gave my two, at the time, 16-year-old sisters, four last minute tickets for the Ariana Grande concert. When they could not find friends who could make it on a moments notice, my mom ended up going and took my five-year-old daughter as well. If something like what has happened in Manchester, happened here; I can’t even begin to imagine how I would feel. I cant even bring myself to think about that without my heart physically hurting and without it brining tears to my eyes.
The people who have experienced this were families and young fans who were out anticipating on having a memorable night, posting some great, or maybe not so great, concert photos on social media and going back home, to bed, hardly able to sleep, excited to talk about the concert with friends the next day. We’ve all been there. Sadly, because of some ruthless, unnecessary act of terror, 19, as far as we know, and countless others, won’t get to do that. Instead those who have been killed will never get to express their joy, and maybe even worst, most will be burdened with the memory of the tragic night at the Ariana Grande concert they were fortunate enough to survive.
This could have happened to any of us. To ALL of us and I FEEL FOR YOU ALL. My thoughts are with those who attended the show, lost someone at the show and all of those affected by this unexpected and callous blow. Ariana Grande as well. I am sure, that as a performer, it is devastating to know, that something like this happened at an event that people went to, to see you.
I wish I could say this is going to get better soon, but all I can do is hope that it does. I’ve had enough. We’ve all had enough