As a writer and a runner, I feel drawn to blog about what happened in Boston yesterday. But honestly, there just aren’t any words. There just aren’t. I don’t know what I can say that others before me haven’t already said. How do you make sense of such useless violence at an event that is supposed to be filled with joy and pride and unity?
All I know to say is what I posted on Facebook yesterday in the midst of the first news coming out about the bombings, and what I’ve turned to myself many times before (including most recently during my little personal “disaster”). These words from Mr. Rogers:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
– Fred Rogers
Knowing that good still exists is sometimes the only thing that gets you through things like this. Because it does. It truly does. For every nutjob, there are thousands of kind, good, caring citizens to help pick up the pieces from the destruction they leave behind.
Today, I will join the many runners across the nation who will be putting on our makeshift race bibs (see picture below) and running in honor of everyone who was affected by what happened yesterday – the victims, the injured, the families and friends, the bystanders, the runners (both present at the marathon and otherwise), and anyone else whose heart was broken by this blow to humanity. I’m due an 11-mile run, which will be the farthest I’ve run so far. No time like today. Will you join me?
Print out the bib below and pin it to your shirt. And run. I don’t care if you run 0.5 mile or 50. Just run. Just run. Do what we runners always do best – overcome adversity by putting one foot in front of the other and keep continuing to move forward.
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.