Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Manchester

I think it's safe to say that the last few days have been awful in the UK. Not only have innocent people been killed in Manchester, but this time young, vulnerable people have been the victims.


Usually I acknowledge terrorist attacks and move on pretty quickly, but this time it feels different. Manchester isn't all that far away. My best friend from Uni lives there, it's a place I go to all of the time; it feels very close to home. I know people who attended the concert and I know a friend of a friend who died there.

And, this time, my circumstances are different. I commute to one of the biggest cities in the UK for work and until now I'd not really acknowledged the danger that potentially puts me in. Manchester this week, who knows where will be next?

That's the point really, isn't it? Anyone could be killed in a terrorist attack which makes you think about how short life is. It makes you realise that the life you dream of has to be the one you live because who really knows when it's all going to end.

Misery aside, this week has once again shown me that for every evil human out there, there are 100's more amazing ones. The love, generosity and kindness that Manchester has displayed this week has reminded me that the country can still unite in times of sheer sadness.

My thoughts remain with everyone suffering in Manchester right now. I'm sorry you have to go through this.
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