One week ago, a tragedy hit Newton, CT. I don’t normally write about tragedies because for me, my blog is a place for escape. It’s my happy place but I’ve been so emotional and self reflective, it’s hard to ignore how all the recent events has affected me. People were still recovering from hurricane Sandy when this tragedy hit and because the victims were young children, I haven’t been able to come to terms with any of it. I’ve been walking around aimlessly trying to find the meaning in all this suffering. My girlfriend Natasha started posting pictures on her Instagram and Facebook about random acts of kindness she was doing in honor of the 26 victims. I found out that Ann Curry tweeted that if we did one random act of kindness in honor of each of the 26 victims, it would make us and someone else feel better. You can read more about it here and visit the Facebook page here. Recently 27 and 28 have been added as well for the killer and his mother for their suffering. When I saw what Natasha was doing it, it just moved me and made me so happy that during these terribly sad times, that something good can come from it. She gave a woman on the subway a bouquet of flowers and the woman said that it made her day. She also gave an airport employee a pretzel. Her random acts of kindness has definitely inspired me.
When something like this happens, it really puts my life into perspective. The things that you thought were important don’t really mean a thing. I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all that I have in my life and a new found knowledge that life is very short. I think that being a New Yorker, I get caught up in the rat race and forget what’s important in life. I’m reminded now that the only things that matter are happiness, health, family and friends and above all loving each other and taking care of each other. I’m going to start the 26 acts of kindness tomorrow in honor of the lives lost last week. Spread the love!