Thoughts on Paris and Beyond

Days later and I still can't stop thinking about the horrific attacks in Paris, and all of the earlier attacks around the world. I've never felt good with words at times like this, and I don't even normally talk about current events, mainly because so much of what goes on makes me sad, angry, or frustrated with what little I feel like I can do to help. Seeing all of the pretty and self-promotional pictures on Instagram in the past few days has just left me feeling gross inside. While so much of this feels trivial in light of all of the bigger issues going on in the world, I am trying to remind myself that people can also be wonderful and that we should do our best to make the most of each day and do things that make others happy and enrich others' lives. In trying to move forward positively, I'm going to try to be better about keeping up with what is going on in the world, and look for more opportunities where I can help, as small as they may be. May we never forget the lives of all of the innocent people affected by terrorist attacks and other atrocities, and may we move forward with their spirits in mind to try to peacefully make the world a better place.