Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard the news of what happened in Orlando, the place we call our home. The deadliest mass shooting in US history by a single gunman (some people say multiple, but news say one). It's been a week now and it's still hard to believe what happened. You see about it all the time in the news, but when it's only few minutes away from where you sleep each night, it just holds a different place in your heart.
The Morning of
We woke up Sunday morning, checked our social media, like usually, and saw posts on Facebook of people we know describing the event. It seemed unreal. The nightclub is only few minutes away from where we live and I/Raymond used to work there. So questions just started rushing through our heads. Do we know anybody that was there? Did they catch the shooter/shooters? How can we help? What if I/you still worked there?
When something so tragic happens so close to you (by that we aren't only talking about location wise) it really hits home.
Out of the tragedy grew something great!
The days after the tragedy something great happened to the City of Orlando. People from all over the world showed their support and sent their love. The community of Orlando grew closer together than ever before. Hate was blocked out with love and for the first time you could sense the togetherness in the air. You could tell people were shaken up by the event, but as in life, sometimes your greatest downfall will be your greatest uprise. There are signs everywhere saying #ORLANDOSTRONG, #ORLANDOUNITED, and just signs of LOVE.
When we visited the memorial a (deaf) man went around hugging people and giving his support in the way he can, just like the whole city. Many dropped off flowers for the victims.
Ikea dropped off a couch for everyone to sign.
Many made their own signs.
Our final thoughts
The event was tragic and nothing can make what happened go away. Many lives were taken way too soon and many lives were affected. People will never forget what happened, but the community of Orlando and the LGBT community are stronger than ever.
Always remember that no matter how much negativity an event deserves the only thing that will get you ahead and help out with the situation is positivity. Like attracts like, so put out love and love will come back to you. Put out hate and that too will come right back. So no matter what is going on in your life, know that it will get better, and make the changes for it to get better. Thank you to everyone that has sent their love to Orlando and the victims. We're sending love to you!
Love Always Win!
Christina and Raymond