Hello everyone. I'm sorry in advance for the somber message in today's post. I actually didn't plan on posting anything today, but after the tragic events which unfolded last night I decided I didn't want to be silent.
Last night, on Bastille Day in Nice, France a truck drove into a crowd of people gathered to watch the fireworks in celebration of freedom and independence. The truck killed 84 people and injured many more.
I just wanted to take the time out of my day to use my little platform on the internet to send my warm, peaceful thoughts and prayers to the people of Nice and the families of the victims. While EVERY single act of terrorism in the world deserves our attention, and every victim deserves our thoughts and prayers, this tragedy struck especially close to home for me. My best friend since I was a child is living just 6 miles out of Nice with a French family for the summer. Luckily, the weather kept her and her family inside last night and she is safe. However, when I first heard about the events a very personal wave of terror came over me. When things like this happen, it makes me sick to my stomach.
I hope that the violence comes to an end soon, I'm sick of reading about things like this happening. I hate that my friend has had to make Facebook statuses two years in a row letting friends and family know she is safe and was not harmed in a terrorism attack in France. I hate that Alex turned to me last night and asked if we should cancel our plans to visit Nice at the end of August. I hate that we need to even consider these options.
Anyways, I don't want to be negative, I just want to send peaceful, loving vibes into the world today. I hope that I don't have to post anything like this or wake up to news like this happening anywhere in the world for a long, long time.
And for those of you wondering, our plan is to still travel to Nice at the end of the summer. I am still very excited for the trip and I think that a town that thrives on tourism needs people to feel comfortable visiting still, now more than ever. If it seems unsafe closer to the date of our trip we will reassess and visit another location, but for now our plan is to still go.
Anyways, I'm sorry for taking any of your time this weekend with negative thoughts, but I wanted to say something. Have a very happy and safe weekend.