We Will Prevail

I’ve been trying to write a blog post for a few days now but I’ve sort of hit a wall.  Every time I sit down to begin writing my funny anecdote about golf, I just feel dumb.  How can I go on talking about food and making fun of golf like nothing is wrong? What happened in Boston on Monday is so heartbreaking… and incredibly frustrating.  I keep thinking about how we can stop things like this from happening, and I don’t feel very hopeful.  There was a shooting at the mall next to my house 5 days ago.  I live in a small, safe town.  This shouldn’t happen here.  But awful things keep happening here, and everywhere.  I’m scared. 

Yesterday was also the 6th anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech, my alma mater.  Every year, April 16th is a very hard day for everyone in the Virginia Tech community.  My heart is very heavy thinking about the 32 lives that were senselessly cut short.  The entire community comes together to mourn their loss and to remind ourselves to strive to lead better lives for them.  I love my Hokies, and I know we will prevail.    

In the midst of all of these thoughts, I have come across a few quotes in the last few days that have made me feel a little better and helped me to find some peace.  Hopefully they will do the same for you.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.  We are Virginia Tech." 
~Nikki Giovanni