Today I Woke Up

Today I woke up snuggled in my warm duvet. I jumped out of bed when I realized that I had woken up almost half an hour later than I had intended. I quickly checked my phone, packed my backpack, threw on some clothes, ate breakfast, and hopped in the car to go to school. I had a business test and when the final bell rung I walked home with my sister and started on my homework.

Today someone woke up in Savannah, Georgia in the early morning because their telephone was ringing. Still half asleep, they answered it. The voice on the other end was crisp and male. It was a doctor from the hospital — where one of their loved ones had been admitted after being shot in the street.

Today someone else woke up and got ready for work at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. A few hours into their day, they heard gunshots and the startling shrill of the fire alarm. Not knowing what to do, they ran out of the door. Men in black vests were shooting — and one of their bullets hit the running employee.

Today someone woke up feeling safe and secure and was murdered.

Today someone woke up excited to go to work and come home to their spouse and will now never see their loved one again.

Today someone woke up happy and hopeful and is now fighting for their life in the hospital.

Today someone woke up and stormed into a building with a gun — in fact, unfortunately, multiple “someones” did this.

Today seven billion people woke up to news of two mass shootings, further solidifying the terrifying statistics that in 2015 there have been more mass shootings than days that have passed.

Tonight, seven billion people will go to sleep. Some will have had lost the people they cared about most, some will sob at the empty bed of the victim of a senseless act, and some will have woken from a nightmare to find themselves in a hospital bed.

What kind of world will they wake up to?

 

24 thoughts on “Today I Woke Up

  1. Reblogged this on sherinaspeaks and commented:

    Like most of the world, today I woke up to the news of an incomprehensible tragedy in Las Vegas. A man with at least 10 rifles fired, repeatedly, from the 32nd floor of a hotel on the Las Vegas strip. Over 58 people were killed and over 500 were injured. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

    Today I woke up and was quietly stunned and wholeheartedly sad as I read about what had happened. As I went about my morning with a heavy heart, I searched for the words to say. Because what do you say, after so many innocent lives have been lost?

    I realized in the midst of thinking about how to grasp all of this that I had already written what I was trying to say. Two years ago on a day where two mass shootings occurred, I wrote the piece I shared below. I thought it was worth sharing again today because seven billion people woke up to the news of a senseless shooting this morning and, as I wrote in my older post: “Tonight, 7 billion people will go to sleep. Some will have had lost the people they cared about most, some will sob at the empty bed of the victim of a senseless act, and some will have woken from a nightmare to find themselves in a hospital bed. What kind of world will they wake up to?”

    It is my hope that soon, we will all wake up to a world where American leaders and legislators are working hard to create stronger gun control laws to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

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