Last Friday I was stunned when I woke up to the news of the mass shooting in Colorado.
I literally could not begin to even form complete thoughts about all of it...
Our neighbors kids had posted a pic the night before of them dressed up for the premiere...
I of course first thought of them and what if that would have been their theater.
It is so tragic and insanely sad for everyone involved.
My next thoughts were...I will never go to a movie again...
Which is fitting since I probably have not been in 5 years.
Well this makes my not wanting to go even stronger.
The next few days after the news broke I was awkwardly watching my back and everywhere I went.
Obviously we have learned no where is safe.
But then on Sunday, I was out running tons of errands with Jude.
I kept thinking of the what if's and literally my escape route if someone were to start shooting at the grocery store. I was seriously in line after putting my groceries on the belt and looked down to see a nice little hiding area under the conveyor belt.
I thought to myself THIS IS NUTS.
WHY am I thinking these things. WHY am I so terrified.
I had just encountered so many warm strangers around the grocery and mall that day,
Why was I so terrified!? What is wrong with me!?
On the drive home I thought to myself.
I cannot live in fear. I cannot be scared to leave the house.
What I can do is be kind and nice to every person I encounter.
Whether it be the worker at the grocery when we joked about why the spinach container was half opened, "Clearly someone got hungry!" was my comment which made him laugh!
Or letting the random dad and his daughter know that the organic raspberries were the same price as regular when she went to grab some....HOLY BONUS!:)
Or just smiling and saying hi to anyone I see.
That is how I am going to change things. To continue being nice and outgoing to people.
To treat others how I would like to be treated.
I love when strangers are openly nice to me.
It always puts a little pep in my step to see someone else who is happy.
To give me the drive to be as happy and nice as they are.
Well the choice is ours. We can choose to be that happy person.
Life is short, we learn that everyday from either a mass tragedy or a loved one passing.
I truly believe we are here on earth to make a difference.
To touch others with love and compassion.
To push ourselves to step out of our comfort zone.
To love everyone as if they were our own family, no matter how hard that may be.
To be kind and loving with everyone we encounter.
Obviously James Holmes had something wrong with him.
But I question WHAT IF.
What if he had encountered a sweet kind soul a month prior or even days prior.
What if someone had stopped to ask how he was or just gave him a kind smile?
You never know what a small act of kindness can do?
In this case, we will never know.
What happened is not fair! But we cannot live in fear.
I challenge you, to offer warm smiles and talk to strangers.
We can change lives and brighten peoples days, with just one smile or hello!