I’m sort of thrown off today. it’s hard to be motivated to bring you science when there’s Reality going on.
When something hits us upside the head like the Boston Marathon explosions, we can feel dizzy, disoriented … left swirling in a dust-storm of rapidly beating hearts, furrowed brows, held breath and shaking heads. That’s how I feel, anyway. I’ve been sitting here, repeatedly muttering statements that begin with “What the f…” and simultaneously cheering and cursing the power of social media to communicate painful news. I keep looking through Twitter and blogs, knowing exactly what I’ll see and don’t want to. So powerful, but so unfiltered.
It’s not the first time in the past year that this message from Fred Rogers has been appropriate, and that’s perhaps the ultimate tragedy. But he’s right. Every photo of violence and blood in the streets of Boston that we won’t unsee is full of people running in to help. And if we have to look, that’s what we should focus on.
My thoughts are with Boston.
On a tragic day, we’re encouraged by these words from Joe Hanson, science blogger and host of It’s Okay To Be Smart. Whatever pain you may be experiencing, whatever questions you are facing … look for the helpers.
|—||Oscar Wilde (via wordsthat-speak)|
500days on We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/50664566/via/rentmyheart
Thank you all for showing my mom love this past weekend. It’s been a tough year, but we’re okay, and that’s thanks to having the most incredible group of friends you could ask for. (Taken with Instagram)
“Sorry, I never told you, all I wanted to say”
That lyric opens and closes Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s song “One Sweet Day” and it’s been resonating in my mind for the last week or so. Nothing is as frustrating or emotionally suffocating as the words that we never say. Every single one of us knows how important it is to be open with our feelings, but we constantly ignore them and push them off for another day.
How many times must we be told that our time here is limited? We all recognize that fact, so what’s holding us back from being open with the ones that we care about? Maybe it’s fear; The thought that the revelation of our feelings will leave us vulnerable. Thinking about it now, it seems silly that our own vulnerability is holding us back from having more fulfilling relationships. There’s so many positive things that can come from expressing ourselves. Think about this; Maybe the words that you aren’t saying are the words that they need to hear.
Don’t risk the regret. Tell your family and friends that you love them every chance you get. Don’t hide your true feelings from anybody in your life. I’m sure it’ll lead to richer and more fulfilling lives for you and everyone you care about.
Today would have been my mother’s 61st birthday. I had 29 years with her and I still have so much more that I want to talk about with her and I’ll never get that chance. I’m sorry, mom. I do love you, though. I wish I would’ve told you that more while I still had the chance. Miss you more and more…