I just came back from Boston on Sunday. I was attending the Society for Biomaterials conference at the Hynes convention center. We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel. We walked down Boylston street. We met several people who were staying after the conference was over to watch the marathon. They were really excited.
I was planning on posting all about my Boston adventures with some bubbly pictures of Pinkberry, but that seems inappropriate now. Instead, I will share some thoughts on these tragic events.
First of all, I am so angry. I am so angry that things like this happen. I am so angry that there are people out there that not only think about killing others, but that go out and do it. I am so angry that someone else’s anger could not be expressed in a healthier way. I am angry that these are things we even have to consider in our everyday lives. As if there aren’t enough ways we can potentially die.
I am also so sad, so incredibly sad that some of the people I saw during the course of my four days in Boston may be forever changed by these events. Sad that there are people that feel this is the only way they can express themselves. Sad that these are things we have to consider in our everyday lives. As if there aren’t enough things to be sad about.
I am touched by all the people that have immediately risen up to help those in need. People they don’t even know. Offering their homes, their beds, to complete strangers. Though it only took (potentially) one person to cause this trauma, many more will help mend it. This ratio makes me hopeful, at least in some small way.
I am confused by the polarity of people that co-exist in this world. Do we need these tragedies to bring out the good Samaritans? It feels good to rationalize these things that seem to make no sense, but the reality is that I don’t know why this happened. I can only wish that it won’t happen again in the future, and hope that my actions in this world steer the balance towards good.
Thoughts and prayers to all those affected yesterday, no matter where you are.