Two months ago, sports blogger Jessica Redfield witnessed a shooting in Toronto’s Eaton Centre shopping mall. The experience, as I think it would with any of us, caused her to reflect on how precious and fleeting life is. Last night, Jessica Refield went to the Batman screening in Colorado. A 24 year old gunman began shooting 15 minutes into the movie, and Jessica was killed along with 11 other people (50 were wounded). The event seems too stunning and awful for us to find much substantial to add to it (our discussion has largely been limited to “why would someone do something like that?”) but I will say that if you want to have your heart broken, read Jessica’s last blog post regarding the Toronto shooting. In it she writes:
I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.
I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.
I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.
Hopefully, we can come to regard this this horrible event not simply as something that terrifies us, but, like Jessica, something that makes us grateful to be here.
Read her entire post here.