Some Thoughts

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Well, it doesn't get much more real than then events of yesterday.  I left work a little early, got home, and watched the same news story over and over again, hoping that at some point it would all just makes sense.  It still doesn't and, as I'm sure many of you would agree, I don't think it ever will.  There is no reason important enough, no cause great enough, to warrant something like this.

One of the greatest things I love about this city, and I'm sure I've mentioned it many times before, is the all encompassing pride people feel for it.  You are not just FROM Boston, you ARE Boston.  The city itself is small, but its pride, strength, and unity ripples out to the farthest reaches of New England. There is a culture here that I have never seen duplicated.

I actually have a half written post about how the people of Boston are represented on tv. I'm not referring to the Departed / The Town / Mystic River tough guy mob image, but the representation of regular individuals.  In almost any show that has a person from Boston in it, they immediately become referred to as "Boston". From Boston Rob on Survivor to the family simply referred to as 'Boston' on an episode of Yard Crashers I watched recently, you simply can't escape the city.  Even if the accent (which I firmly say I do not have, though everyone in Ireland argued otherwise) and head-to-toe Red Sox gear doesn't give it away, people still know.  In my own experience when leaving the country you will invariable be called "Boston" by at least a handful of people on any given day.  You can leave Boston, but Boston never really leaves you.

Because of this, I know we will come out on top.  People can try to hurt us but what they don't realize is that they are simply making us stronger. This also goes for America as a whole.  We undoubtedly have problems, but it is at times like these that we are reminded how much we all have in common.  The health and safety of those around us are a top priority for every American and we will all work together to maintain that.

After 9/11 I began living under the notion that life is short.  I have tried to cram as many experiences as possible into my short 25 years, but I'm realizing now that they have all been very me-centric.  I feel like I have done a lot, but I do not feel like I have done enough for others and I think it is time for that to change.  If there is a chance something could happen at any moment, I want to make sure that not only was I able to experience as much of the world as possible, but that I also helped someone else do the same.  I haven't figure out exactly how I'm going to do that but it's time to start thinking about it. 
Simple Bliss


  1. I love this, so perfectly said!

  2. Stopping over from the North East weekend blog hop. Good piece here. What happened is unfortunate, and it seems that's the way society is going. The best we can do is keep marching forward and hope humanity eventually shows it's better than it has been.

  3. Great post! It really does give you something to think about when a tragic event like this happens.

    Stopped by from the NE bloggers weekend wander! Hope you had a great weekend!