11.17.2015

My Thoughts on the Paris Attacks

Eiffel Tower
I am a few days late on this but I didn't know what to say. I just don't know where to start. It was a horrific tragedy what had happened. When I first found out, I was looking on my phone and saw I had 14 new Facebook notifications. I thought it was strange since I never get that much at a time (I check my phone quite often)...then when I clicked, it listed all my friends from Paris that were "marked as safe from the Paris Attacks". I didn't think much of it and I was out at the time so it was only until the day later that I was able to fully research it, watch videos, and realized what had really happened. Since then I haven't stopped thinking about it. I am sure I'm not the only one.

On my Facebook feed there are a lot of articles about ISIS, religion, etc but I will not comment on any of that.

My first reaction was fear. But just briefly. Paris is my favourite city..I've been there a few times and have always loved it there. I'm not saying that the city matters because it would've been just as tragic if it were to happen in any other city (& I know it does). I immediately thought of the times I spent there and always felt safe and carefree..even travelling to other cities, and here in Toronto. I would never expect something like that to happen to me. Then I thought that is exactly how the victims would have felt. Just going for a night out, not realizing it would be their last. Or their friends/family members, not realizing they would never return. Over the years there has been a lot of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, accidents that take away many lives. People hear about it on the news and always think it's something that just happens to others..but in reality, it can happen to anyone and your life can be taken away just like that. It makes me really sad to think about. I came across an article last night that listed all the victims that they identified so far, and a few sentences about each of them. It made them seem so real to me..like they were just normal people that could've been me or someone I knew. I know this is a very obvious type of observation but it made me really think about how delicate life is because we never know which day could be our last.

When I think of terrorist attacks, I think of them as a part of life that will not stop. Not for a long time anyway/for the rest of my life time. So when I said before that my first reaction was fear..I then realized that for as long as there will be terrorism, I do not want to always live in fear. I still want to be able to go out and travel around, not having to worry about being attacked. From this incident I have realized how true and important it is to live every day as if its your last, and cherish all the moments you have with your loved ones.

PS - I love this:



& this quote below is very true. At least there will always be more good than bad in the world. Example: This Article about a man who tried to push a Muslim woman into the oncoming train. It made me happier to see the amount of people who immediately rushed to go help her:



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8 comments

  1. God I can't stop thinking about it either. Actually, in these past few days I realized I knew nothing about what's really happening in Syria. I thought I did. I read a lot and learned how bad things actually are. I also can't stop thinking about the same things you mentioned, that it could happen to any of us. To be honest I'm depressed. But I agree with you, I don't wanna live in fear, that's exactly what they want from us. I've never been to Paris and really want to visit. All this stuff happening and now all these bomb threats are really making me put life into perspective. I feel extremely lucky to be alive anytime I read refugees stories, those people are in so much pain. The guy playing Imagine at that moment, it just made me cry, so beautiful and powerful. God help those families who lost their loved ones, I'm wishing peaceful and hopeful thoughts to them.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. :) I didn't research that much about what's happening in Syria..just read a few articles here and there, from people comparing the different incidents and reactions. It's really sad to think about and I can't even imagine living in places like that. It really makes me more grateful for what I have and where I live as well, and to still be alive today.
      At first I thought to myself how I would be nervous next time going to Paris or anywhere they threatened to attack next, but then I realized that things like this should just remind us to try to enjoy our lives even more..to do everything we want to do while we can as it may be too late someday. I hope you will get a chance to visit Paris someday soon - I'm sure you will love it.
      I also teared up when I saw that video..

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  2. Thanks for this post - it reflects in many ways what has been on my mind. When I saw the news, I just couldn't believe it. Also knowing that it took place in my neighbouring country, in the city where I was only a few weeks ago. And it was where we met a couple of years ago... I was in London when the news broke and the following day I was due to go to a concert... For me one thing is for sure, I will continue travelling, living life to the fullest and respecting people regardless of their cultural background.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Yea it seems like something that only happens in movies..good thing you didn't go during that time. That's a coincidence..I guess you still ended up going? I probably would've been too afraid to, just the day after =\
      I fully agree!

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    2. Yes, yes, I still went to the concert. We can't stop living life...

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