Here we are, in the wake of yet another tragedy in the US that is leaving most of us bewildered, frightened and trying to find the good in the situation. A situation where you don't realize you were holding your breathe until the many, many, many family members and friends potentially in harms way were confirmed safe. A few weeks ago, Austin was on the radar for weapons of mass of destruction (#whyaustin) and yesterday the home to much of my family was bombed. In the past if and when something like this happened, you would hear about it via the tv or radio usually with a bit of delay. Now though, within seconds you see what is going on in your facebook and twitter feeds and are transported to the scene via live feeds minutes after it happens.
Social media however has its wonderful benefits, such as moments after the bombs went off, seeing my mother facebooking away from Manhattan when she lives right outside Boston and would normally have been home. I also thought it pretty amazing the amount of people who thought to check in on FB, just to ease some of the worry of their loved ones. Sadly, acts of terrorism and destruction will never go away, yet it is however uplifting to see so many people focus on the acts of kindness and heroism that follow these events. Yesterday's tragedy was a not so gentle reminder to focus on being grateful for family and friends being safe and that we do not live our lives in fear. Boston you are in my thoughts.