"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."-John 16:33
DISCLAIMER: This post is basically me just trying to process my thoughts and put it somewhere so that I can reduce my stress level. It is not about my thoughts regarding the 2nd Amendment.
I've been thinking a lot about the Aurora shooting lately.
You see, I'm an avid movie-goer. We didn't have cable until I was 14 years old and so I grew up going to the movies and seeing movies regularly. It is something that I appreciate about my childhood most.
I also suffer from General Anxiety Disorder. In plain terms, I'm a worry wart on overdrive.
Since the shooting, I've not been in a movie theatre. I realize that the shooting was only a week ago, but I was looking forward to seeing the latest installment of the Dark Knight series. My husband and I planned to go as part of his birthday celebration. With finals looming, we haven't had a chance to make it to the movie just yet.
And secretly I've been relieved about that because I'm scared about going again.
I know that this fear is irrational and I could get hurt in a car accident or walking in a parking lot.
But the fear has remained just the same. It is also still very real.
One of my coping mechanisms when my stress levels are high like they are right now with finals is to avoid things that would trigger my anxiety going into overdrive. I don't know about family dramas unless it's a life and death matters. I usually have very little clue about the latest political dramas. I don't read about a lot of news.
One of the many ways my anxiety manifests is that I have VERY vivid nightmares.
Unfortunately I've made the mistake of clicking on one of the articles about the heroes on a celeb news site I read and I saw the shooter.
So I've been praying for peace on the matter and a release from this extra unnecessary stress.
I got my prayers answered when I read this blog post and this article.
I was reminded that with the very bad, there is also very good around us as well every day, including days like the one the people of Aurora experienced.
So today, I'm making it my mission to find the good because I know it's out there.
P.S. Don't forget to ask me anything!
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