Even though it’s nothing new, the last weeks of news really affected me. International, national, local news all felt bad — and the weekend’s news out of Missouri truly numbed me. I feel like I don’t have the right to make a grand statement, and frankly, I don’t want to. Or maybe I am unable to.
So, as callous as it sounds, when I saw the first #RIPRobinWilliams tweet, it didn’t even register as important. In the scheme of things, it didn’t seem as real as the on-going conflicts and violence of Syria and Staten Island and Gaza and Ferguson and Borders and more.
And then, as more and more images with inspiration and laughter and sadness started showing up, my cynicism faded. And I realized that shared experiences and mourning are invaluable — even when the seeming focus has no connection to other events or to you.
We need to purge. We need to laugh and breathe and live – with a capital L. Catharsis is important so we can continue on. Take it where you find it.