"I felt the need to share this post with you, as for me this day proved a lot. The love and support from the good people within this world out weighs all of these horrific extremists, in times of fear we came together, stood together in a crowd of thousands and let me tell you, during that silence I was covered in goose bumps head to toe. It truly was incredible to be apart of."
I feel like it would be totally wrong of me to write a blog post and carry on as normal after the most recent events that took place. I'm sure you're aware by now of the horrific Manchester bombing that took place on the 22nd May 2017 at the Arianna Grande's concert, which claimed the lives of 22 innocent victims and injured many others.
The heartbreaking thing about this particular event, is that it was done at a concert with mainly young children and families, in a place they should have felt safe and been having the times of their lives - I remember the first concert I went to was at the O2 Arena to see Leonia Lewis and it was one of the best things I'd ever experienced! Arianna Grande has shown true strength and courage after the bombing by taking it upon herself to put on the "Benefit Concert" to raise funds for all of the victims and those involved to bring people together through music. (If you didn't at least watch this on the telly, I highly advice you to do so it truly was incredible)
Everything that took place after this day, showed millions coming together to support Manchester. Clothing brands got involved by dedicating t-shirt dresses with the Manchester bee symbol on it, in order to raise money, people on social media showed love and support and even celebrities from all over the world also got involved.
The world showed a strong vibe and almost carried on as "normal" by people going to work, school, events that were upcoming in order to show no fear, but obviously the sorrow and nerves where subconsciously high. People eventually started to talk about what had happened, with people releasing YouTube videos, some of them you could see how broken and traumatised they where to have witnessed such horrific events, people wrote statements on social media and it was all over the news.
I personally had an event coming up in Manchester for just 2 weeks after the bombing to watch Michael Carracks Testimonial Game for Man U, 7 of us where supposed to be going including my 2 young nephews. Although we where not going to cancel I know that the whole run up to the day, nerves where high and it just felt less exciting, I guess that's understandable.
The night before a busy Sunday, me and Cal decided to go to the cinema to watch Baywatch, which for me it was nice to take my mind away from the worry and anxiety. Anyway we enjoyed the film and as the lights came on, we checked our phones as normal, to be greeted by the news of the London attacks. Now let me just tell you, in case you've been living under a rock, 3 men drove a van at innocent pedestrians on London Bridge, crashed, flung open the back doors armed with massive knives to then target bars, restaurants etc stabbing people at random. Police managed to shoot dead all 3 suspects in 8 minutes, unfortunately around 8 people where killed and again many injured.
This was the 2nd attack here in England with 2 weeks, although security has been upped a tragedy still managed to take place again, in a busy city, unexpectedly and again targetting more innocent people who where in the wrong place at the wrong time. Obviously right now nerves are extremely high and people are feeling uneasy everywhere, but for me just knowing I was going to be in Manchester at this game, my brain wouldn't stop telling me that if an attack was to happen again the best target would be either this game or the benefit concert around the corner. The 4 and a half hour drive was a strange one, I was feeling both excited but extremely nervous all at the same time and the suspense just kept growing.
We arrived and straight away we could see security was high, with armed police at the entrance, car checks took place with boot searches and a stick with a mirror attached to search underneath the car. We had been told bags under no circumstances where allowed in the stadium and body searches were done to everyone entering the seating area. Although this all felt slightly strange I do have to say it really helped but my mind at ease, made me feel slightly more comfortable being there and safer.
Thankfully nothing serious happened at the game, speeches took place at the beginning of the game for both the Manchester bombing and the London attackers before we did a minutes silence - now let m,e just tell you this minutes silence was breathtaking, the whole stadium stood in silence in respect for the victims Throughout the game the announcements went off and every single time there was silence .from the crowd and in those moments it was so apparent everyone was still very wary.
I felt the need to share this post with you, as for me this day proved a lot. The love and support from the good people within this world out weighs all of these horrific extremists, in times of fear we came together, stood together in a crowd of thousands and let me tell you, during that silence I was covered in goose bumps head to toe. It truly was incredible to be apart of.
The chances of being involved in such events as these are extremely low, although possible you actually have more chance of being killed in a car accident. The chances are slim because these are freak incidents that are rare. For me, it doesn't make sense to have the mindset of "I'm never going to a concert again" or "I'm never going to London again" I say this because the events that happened, can happen absolutely anywhere at any time, including the place you live.
Living in fear is what the extremists want, fear simply tells them they're winning and getting to us the way they want. Which is why the Benefit Concert was so extremely important, not just for the victims to be a part of, but the whole world. Even if like me you only had the chance to watch the concert from your TV, I'm absolutely positive you felt a ton of emotions, from happy tears and to sorrow for those lives we've lost.
I for one felt proud, proud of the celebs who sang and performed, but also of everyone there standing together, united as one. Just from watching from a TV the love was empowering and I was bought to tears on many occasions, as I'm sure you were to. Please don't let these events stop you from doing things, yes you're allowed to be nervous and on edge but when you do it, get through it and go to the place of tragedy you'll feel proud for not allowing fear to take over.
I of course would like to wish my condolences to anyone who witnessed, experienced or lost lives under such traumatic events, I send so much love and strength to every single person. There really are good people in this world, I'm sure you've heard of some of the actions heroic things people did in order to try and help others. Let's focus on loving each other and let's unite together.
I'd also just quickly like to say that if you do one good thing today, I sincerely hope you get down to a p[polling office to cast your vote for your say. I personally have never before voted, but I now realise just how important and privileged we are to be able to have a say in our world and what we want! I know many people will say "it won't make a difference" and things like that but no vote will go against us. Thank you as always for taking the time out of your day to read my blog post, if you have something you'd like to say or a story you'd like to tell please feel free to drop it below in the comments section. I'd also like to thank all of you who showed love and support towards my nomination for the Bloggers Recognition Award 2017, as always, until next time. Amy
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