It has taken me a couple of days before I could face writing this Post. It has taken me a couple of days to digest the Attrocities that happened this Friday in Paris, especially so shortly after Charlie Hebdo. I am Dismayed and Horrified. Not entirely sure what to do with myself, what to think and how to cope.
Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to the People of Paris, the Victims, and their Loved ones.
My Family lives in Paris. My Friends and their Parents live in Paris. And for all Intent and Purpose part of my Heart still resides in Paris. Paris is where I was brought up. It is where I spent my formative years. It represents my Childhood. An Innocent Life.
I was born as a Child of Europe. I have a British Dad, a German Mum and I grew up in Paris. Accepting other Cultures always came naturally to me. I don’t question it, I just accept it. I went to an International School. A school created for the children of the international personnel working at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE). My School represents 11 different Nations. Eleven different Nations that work together peacefully to raise the next Generation. We celebrated our differences. Rejoiced in the fact that we could celebrate various Festivities and be introduced to new Customs. Refusing to accept another Culture is an entirely Foreign Concept to me. I don’t understand it, and refuse ever to do so.
My family is spread all over Europe. We live in Berlin, Paris and London. My Friends reside all over the World. From Brussels, to Tokyo, to Boston. Together we form an incredible International Network. I am so blessed!
We will be travelling Home to Paris this Christmas. Am I scared to do so? No! Tomorrow Paris will be no more dangerous than it was the day before. Honestly we aren’t entirely safe anywhere we go. This breaks my heart. I run just as much risk on my daily commute through London. Until 9/11 Terrorism wasn’t a common Term. We lived without fear. We But Life has changed. A child born after 2011, will be made aware of Terrorism from an early age. They will never enjoy the Innocence our Generation did. I am still not entirely sure I can get my head around that.
But the correct response to the terrible events of this Friday the 13th isn’t to recoil in Fear. We owe it to the 130 victims not to let the Terrorists win by allowing ourselves to be terrorised. We owe it to them to close Ranks and not to accept Terrorism into our Lives! We need to respond intelligently and rationally. We cannot give into the panic created by Sensationalist Media.
Let’s not Shut our Borders! Let’s not give into Fear! More than ever, This is the time to Stand Together!