I had just started secondary school when the September 11th attacks happened in America. Watching the footage of those planes going into the Twin Towers filled me with a fear I’d never felt before. I spent just over a week sleeping at night under my bed because I was so afraid that terrorists were going to come and bomb us.
When our government decided to go to war against Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, I walked out of school in protest. Yeah, there was no point to it and I was the only one who had the balls to do it, but I was one of the good kids who would never do such a thing. I came home and my dad was pissed off for me walking out, until he calmed down and said he was proud of me for standing by my beliefs. I spent the rest of the day writing a list of the things I wanted to do before the world ended.
The 7/7 bombings made me fear getting on a bus. The death of Saddam Hussein was going to be the downfall of Iraq according to my mom. Every country was apparently an enemy of every other country – and thanks to the government’s decision tonight to drop bombs on Syria in a vain attempt to flush out Islamic State, we’re now just another enemy.
Each day, the news brings more darkness. Mass shootings are becoming more common in America, terrorist attacks, unjust deaths, murders, everything is getting more expensive and money is getting harder to come by. People are frightened – and they have the right to be. As civilians, we don’t have the power or control of those in charge, and that is a scary thing to accept.
It is normal and understandable to be afraid of such horrors in the world. We have to keep on going with our lives, but it’s okay to need someone to talk to if you’re distressed and upset by current events. Here are some resources so you can talk openly about how you’re feeling:
Samaritans – 116 123 (free number, open 24/7)
ChildLine – 0800 1111 (free number for children and young people)
7cups.com (online listeners)
turn2me.org (online counselling)
Don’t be afraid to share how you’re feeling to those around you too. This is something that affects us all as human beings – we have a right to be emotional about something like this.
To end this post, here’s a video of puppies.
(Featured image from here.)