Here and There ... and Back Again
Brand Selvia

Being there was tough

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 3:12 PM
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    I'm really sorry you went through that, Brand, but what you described here is exactly the kind of feeling(s) I remember having when I watched the 9-11 events unfolding on the news the day it all happened (and especially later on when I saw the more disturbing stuff that circulated on various websites that the news channels didn't show, which I always regret seeing but try to internally retain and remember as a means of never dismissing the situation's significance and lessons that should be had from something as tragic as that time in history was).

    Sadly, your reaction is perfectly normal (not that you don't already realize that). The entire situation is awful, but I'd go as far as to encourage you to consider being happy that you feel everything you're feeling. Why? Because it means that you're still alive-and-kicking, that you're living life to its fullest by experiencing both its warm and cold moments, and most importantly, that you just got a notch of experience in your "life belt" that not many ever get that you can then pass on to others in an effort to better educate those who haven't been fortunate enough to understand the existential significance of things like this. Use this experience to help people understand the importance of things like safe driving, appreciating loved ones while there's still time to, to open their hearts to forgiveness, and anything in between...all being things that too often get overlooked during our busy days. It's a set of stuff we all know, but too frequently avoid putting into practice for whatever reasons.

    It's all tragic, it all cuts down to core, and in all likelihood, this experience will be with you until the day you die, but give it some time for the upfront shock to pass as this was a traumatic event to go through for anyone, even those who might've been standing away from it at a distance. Learn from it, pass on the experiential knowledge you now have like you tried to do in this post, and in turn, you honor the loss by turning it into a learning moment we can all benefit from, especially when you convey the things you felt, that you thought at the time, that you realized once you had a chance to digest everything...

    Hang in there, Brand, and let's keep sending prayers to the families.

    -- Posted by DouglasQuaid on Wed, Jun 16, 2021, at 9:19 PM
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