my reaction to the boston marathon tragedy

my reaction to the boston marathon tragedy

Running has always been and always will be a sport that builds confidence. Running is what you do to escape, to have some peace and quiet. Running calms anxieties. Running clears your mind. Above all, running makes you happy.

I have always loved the energy of marathons. There is an anticipatory buzz at the starting line while all participants are in the same mindset, preparing for the race of their lives. It is genuinely refreshing to experience the environment that is thick with possibility. Everyone is at the marathon to either accomplish a lofty personal goal or to witness one of the ultimate feats of fitness. It’s a great day.

What upsets me so much about the Boston Marathon bombing is that this event, so pure and good in nature, is now another safe haven that has been tainted by malicious people. Schools, movie theaters, and now marathons are all linked to tragedy, and the only thing we, as innocent bystanders, can ever do is pick up the pieces and start rebuilding that confidence that we Americans are known for. We can’t let anyone take that away.

Instead of sitting around staring at the trauma on the television screen, we need to get back out there and run. Fear is a crippling emotion that those who cause danger want us to feel. Running is a true manifestation of freedom and fearlessness, so go let loose on the pavement and don’t let the negative emotions that are swirling around get the best of you. My suggestion? Turn off all media and go for a run to commemorate those who are now unable to do so. Appreciate all that we have and spread compassion, not fear.