Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Life lately: Guilt, anger, and keeping calm and carrying on

It feels wrong to carry on with everyday things after a terrorist attack, especially after the three we have had recently.

On Saturday night we sat in front of our TV’s and watched another nightmare unfold before our eyes. Three cowards ploughed into people on London Bridge, then jumped out of their van and stabbed whoever was in reach with long knives.

The week before that I laid in bed and a notification popped up on my phone telling me that a suicide bomber had blown himself up as children walked towards him, parents stood next to him, and as people left a night of love and music. 

Since the attacks I feel guilty for moaning about everyday things, I feel guilty for tweeting something that isn’t to do with the attacks, I feel bad for watching anything other than the news. But I know I'm not alone, I've seen others feel the same guilt. YouTubers asking their fans if it's okay to post a video or is it insensitive to do so the day after an attack?

But life must go on. If we cower, if we hide, if we give up then they win. All those who have died would have died in vain. I watched One Love Manchester and that guilt left me, the sadness left me, and despite these attacks, I could see hope once again - as I'm sure many others could. 

It's okay to carry on living your life, it's okay to laugh, to smile, to enjoy music, those who have died would want you to live your life. But don't just live your life for you anymore, live it for them too. Live it for those who had theirs taken away from them.

I wanted to take a moment, instead of talking about myself in a life update, to say my condolences to the family and friends who have lost someone in these attacks. Myself and my team of writers for VavaViolet stand by you. 

Love will always win. 

Written by VavaViolet's Editor Sophie Blackman.

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