You know, I can honestly say that the UK has been like a second home to me. I came here when I was 15 years old to begin my higher education. In the last six years, I have lived in about 5 towns/cities, visited over 10 towns/cities and I have passed through countless whether via tube, train, bus or car.
When you live in a country like this, it is not very hard to travel and due to the ability to travel so easily, you find yourself going to different places. I’m in London right now and it is about 10.06 pm. If my friends called me to come down to Milton Keynes right now and I was feeling really spontaneous, I could be there in the next 3 hours. This is one of the reasons why I have loved being here. The ease of being able to travel to see my friends and enjoy life has been one of my highlights.
Early yesterday morning, when I woke up to find out that Manchester had been attacked, my heart shifted. To hear that it happened at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester just really made me feel terrible. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was in Birmingham at Bruno Mars’ concert. Everyone that knows me knows how much I love Bruno Mars and I almost wasn’t going to go for the concert because I didn’t have enough money but I felt like I had to be there. So, as soon as I got some money, I was there. So, I know that the people that went for this concert were only going to have some fun and party with their favourite artist.
It sucks that we can’t go anywhere and feel safe anymore. We hear of terrorist attacks happening in churches, nightclubs, concerts, on the roads, in schools and it just feels like nowhere is safe anymore.
But what can we do?
As one person, all I can do is pray for peace. Honestly, I don’t mean to be a cynic but these days, I just feel like this world is falling apart and there is no helping it and there are days when I am losing hope. However, I won’t let them get to me and so, I continue to pray for those that have lost their loved ones or have been injured in this senseless act and I pray for peace in their lives. I cannot even imagine the pain they feel and all I can pray for is peace. I know that Ariana must hurt so bad; she might feel like it’s her fault. It’s not her fault though. The people that should be blamed are the ones causing all this hurt and pain. It’s unfortunate that there are people that believe that any good can come out of hurting other people.
We can’t let them win though. We can’t stop living our lives because of them. They don’t get to win. What we can do is to live everyday to the fullest and love everyone and be kind to everyone.
As, someone that has lived here for as long as I have, it definitely hits close to home. I could feel the sadness in the air and it’s just sad. So, I pray for Manchester today and the UK as a whole and I pray for peace for us all.