22/05/17, the Manchester attack, where people went to a concert. Among these people were, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunties, uncles, peers, these were real innocent people.
22 people killed, 59 injured and an uncountable amount traumatised.
An 8 year old was killed, an innocent 8 year old who went to listen to one of her favourite artists, was killed.
I can not imagine the pain and heartbreak all these people are going through. As a country we are so strong, we are raising money for people left, right and centre, for the homeless man who helped victims, for emergency services, for the hotels who opened their doors to provide shelter, for the families who have lost a family member.
As a country, we are incredible.
And as awful as this whole attack is, we cannot stop living, we cannot spend our lives living in fear.
Go to that concert, go to that nightclub, go to that tourist attraction, go wherever you want to go.
We should not spend our days living inside, we should travel, we should explore.
I read a really beautiful text post by a mother and it said this;
‘Dearest baby boy, all my life my job is to protect you. Protect you from monsters. Most of these monsters I can keep away from you, scare off, reassure you they have gone away, and won’t come back.
But not these monsters.’
And that’s just how it is, some things people cannot protect us from, and sometimes some of us will end up in some awful life threatening situations.
But that’s just how it’s going to be.
When I was college we had a college trip planned to go to London, a couple of days before our trip the Paris attack happened, our college was going to cancel our trip because it was too high a risk. But they didn’t, instead a bunch of 15-17 year olds got on the coach and went to London, and had an incredible time.
You can still have incredible, memorable times.
Please do not stop living because of fear.
Manchester, we will never forget this day, and all our support is with you.