I was going to write a life update today. I was going to write about how great it is that Christmas is just around the corner. Maybe share some photos from my recent trip. But I sat down to put the post together and I just couldn’t. Not with everything that is going on at the moment.
So, I’m going to leave my thoughts here, and save all that other stuff for another time.
It is understandable that all Aussies are shaken up due to the horrible siege that took place in Sydney yesterday. It’s times like these that we need to rally together and realize just how precious life really is.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, the NSW Police and all emergency services personnel. The two innocent people who lost their lives will be forever in the hearts of all Australians.
Sure you can be angry, you can scream and speculate why this man was walking the streets freely, but in the end nothing will take back time. Nothing will take back the two innocent lives that were lost and nothing will explain why on earth this man choose to do such an evil thing.
So today I am choosing to be Proud. Proud of our police force and the bravery and courage they showed throughout the whole ordeal. They showed to us that Australians won’t sit passively and allow terrorists a free hand.
I am proud of the people who offered to accompany Muslim Australians in public places if they feared racist backlash, using #illridewithyou hashtag. We have some choice about which fights we are dragged into and we can choose to keep riding with each other.
I look through my Twitter and social feeds, and I am proud of the support people have shown for the victims and all involved. The #illridewithyou campaign isn’t just heart-warming, it’s also smart for counterterrorism. Inclusiveness is our best defense. Stand together Aussies. Be brave.
Rest in Peace to the two beautiful lives that were lost in this horrible siege. Your families and all Australians are incredibly proud of the courage and bravery you displayed.
PHOTO: A bunch of flowers rest beside a bollard near the Lindt chocolate cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, on December 16, 2014, following the end of a siege at the cafe. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
Please Note: For all people wanting more information on the Sydney Siege I strongly urge you not to turn to social media or word of mouth for facts. There is a lot of false information floating around. Two of the the most reliable sources for information are ABC News or the NSW Police.