I can actually breathe tonight. I did not realize how tensed and emotionally drained I was until now. I have a lot going on with school, work and life balance. I am preparing end of semester “dump” of stuff and upcoming finals. I am setting up the next couple semesters and the next steps toward my career goals. And yes, that includes my writing career. I have calls to make, things to do, places to go. One top of all, I have been concerned all week about Boston, going through the emotions as the events unfold.
Boston has been on my mind all week. I have friends and family who live there, who work in that area, who are directly affected by recent events. I have walked in that area, I have hung out in those streets, visited the sites. At one point, I even considered moving to Boston. I am sure I would have been working in the area. That made it personal. What if I did move? I cannot imagine the stress of being in Boston during that lock down, thinking the suspect could be anywhere near you.
I am celebrating the fact that he is captured, without additional victims or damages to others. The streets are safe again. Deep down, I am sad. It is a sad situation all the way around: young suspects, young victims, young injured. It is something that will forever change how we see marathons, how we see or talk about the City of Boston. It has affected millions of Americans. We will heal, we will move on but I am not sure we will ever forget as the effects were too widespread, the attack way too personal.
In this first phase, we have solved the “when”, the “how” and the “who” within a week. The when was monday, the how Tuesday and Wednesday, the who on Thursday and Friday. It will take a while for the why to play out so it will take a long while to finalize and deal with all the ramifications. From news network, I heard that President Obama addressed the nation. I did not get a chance to watch beside a few clips. Just like it started and rolled out, the arrest also takes unprecedented route. Apparently, a new federal exemption in the name of safety will be used and suspect will not be read his rights. I have to find out more about this one, I have never heard of it before.
Dear Mister, the world is waiting: we want some answers.
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