Closer and closer to home
April 30th, 2013

I don’t usually post personal-thought type things here, but I can’t help but want to say something.

Two days ago there was a fire near my university, and a student died in the accident, with fifteen others or so injured. This is terrible to say, but I am kind of accustomed to getting the regretful emails from our school president. Every year I have been in college, there have been accidents and students are unfortunately victims. Until this year though, things have never hit so close to home, as in, I’ve never really been very affected before.

About two weeks or so ago, there was the bombings during the Boston Marathon. All of my friends back in Boston were fortunately safe, but they were frightened and under lock down, and it just seemed crazy. Although I was probably the farthest I could get physically on the other side of the world, my heart was back in Boston and it broke with everybody elses.’

I didn’t know the graduate student who passed away, but as I read the news articles and the coverage over the student’s memorial service, I couldn’t help but cry. I didn’t know her, but my heart broke because someone who was so young and with so much potential was cut short in life.

As if this wasn’t close enough to home, in Boston on streets I’ve crossed I don’t even know how many times, I woke up this morning to emails about the student who died in the recent fire. She was in my department, in my year, and I’ve heard her name many times before. We have a lot of mutual friends and I would have been graduating along side her in less than a month. And then this happens.

I’ve experienced losses before these, and ones that should strike even closer to home because they were people I actually had a relationship with. But I think the thought of someone so young with so much in common as myself is what is different here and rattles a different cord in me.

Life is short; and although it’s a cliche and obvious statement, it’s shorter than we may often want, hope, or expect it to be.

This article came to mind as I was reading everything this morning. I first read it nearly a year ago, when a college student died in an accident shortly after graduating. Aside from the fact that the piece serves as a memory of that student, I really loved it because it is so true.

And last plug, because of How He Loves Us.

One Response to Closer and closer to home

  • HeeJae says:

    Hey, So this is going to sound really weird but I was just doing a google search for snapski because it is a username that I use for a lot of my video gaming purposes and I stumbled upon this blog. I read that you’re a student in the boston area in your about section. I don’t know how active you are on this blog but I am also a student in the boston area, as made evident by my email. I just thought it was really crazy that there was a blog named after a name that i have been using since 6th grade for all my video game needs. hahaha. Just thought I’d let ya know! I really enjoy your blog, you should totally update it more!

    -HeeJae

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