For at least 17 families, Valentine’s Day 2018 will not be remembered well. Valentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated as a day of love, but for at least 17 families, this Valentine’s Day is a day they lost love.
A gunman who is associated with a white supremacist group is said to have gone to the Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and murdered 17 students and faculty. Seventeen people who woke up that morning and unfortunately did not make it back to their respective homes.
We may never truly know the gunman’s motive to take people’s lives. Was it the loss of his parents? Was it the reports of being a loner? Was his affiliation with the white supremacist group a breeding ground for a lack of value for other’s lives? As with Las Vegas and Newton and so many other mass shootings, we may never truly know the motive. Why the gunman was unable to legally purchase beer, but was able to legally purchase an assault rifle are debates for another platform.
We should mourn with the families of those who lost their lives. At the same time, we should be vigilant about living. We will be bombarded with well-meaning statics, but it will be important to not be fearful. Those well-meaning statics and all the conversation as to halt a future attack need to be channeled to respective law makers. While simultaneous channeling that energy, live life purposefully.
Tomorrow is not promised. Hug your children more. Make sure you tell them that you love them and are proud of them. Do things that make you happy. Stop working so much. Take time away from social media. We have one life. Live it to the fullest. On purpose. For purpose.