love-filled heartache

Here we are again. Devastation.

21tornado7-popup-v5Photos and videos of the tornado that wreaked havoc on Oklahoma are plastering the internet, television, and social media. Less than 24 hours later, the images of destruction are already engraved into our minds. There is no explanation. There is no person at fault. There is no escape.

21tornado9-popup-v7Nature is powerful. Our world is fragile. As humans, we take those facts for granted. We shouldn’t have to fear it but we also shouldn’t turn a blind eye to it. The actions we take directly affect our planet and, whether or not they’re immediate, there are consequences. Air pollution, water pollution, global warming…these things are real and they’re starting to catch up with us. We’ve been blessed with a beautiful planet and it’s our responsibility to cherish it, care for it, and show it complete love. 

That being said, nothing can take back the events of yesterday. So, reach out and lend a helping hand in whatever way you can. If you can donate blood, donate it. If you can give money, give it. If you can send clothes, blankets, food, anything, send it. If nothing else, share love and support for those that need it. And use this as an opportunity to appreciate the amazing things in your life. No matter what hardships your facing, be thankful for the beauty that surrounds you. You are blessed.

Here’s to coming together as a country, once again…

-Emily

(photo source: New York Times)

6 comments
  1. Nature IS so powerful. That is the first thing I thought of when I saw the devastation in OK on the news. Truly tragic and so sad that something else this catastrophic happened in the US so soon after the bombings in Boston. Definitely sending love and good thoughts to the people experiencing this extreme weather right now.

    • Emily said:

      Exactly. It feels like it has been one tragedy after another this year. So devastating. ):

  2. Ellie said:

    Do you know anyone directly affected? It seems ironic that this devestation has occurred right after so many graduations and speeches offerring advice on how best to maximize one’s future, when in the blink of an eye it can all be gone. What a wake up call to make the most of everyday and be thankful for the opportunities those people in Oklahoma do not have.

    • Emily said:

      I don’t. But I have friends here in LA that are from Oklahoma and have family and friends that were affected. It’s so heartbreaking.
      And you’re exactly right. We need to live and embrace each precious moment because we never know when life could be snatched out from under us. We can’t take it for granted.

  3. Natural disasters are SO scary, because they can be impossible to predict or prevent. But I think a lot of good things can come out of destruction. I think we’ll see the country come together again and the communities in OK that were affected will find a way to rebuild and that’s the positive that will come out of this tragedy.

    • Emily said:

      Exactly. The only good thing about tragedy (which sounds so weird to say) is that it brings us together as a country again. And unlike the Boston bombing, there’s no one to blame for this one. It was unpreventable and we can’t do anything but show love and support for the people that were affected. ❤

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