This week has been an emotional one for me for several reasons. One of which was the brutal murder of three young people in our former community of Chapel Hill, NC. While I didn’t have the opportunity to ever meet them, many of my friends knew them as close friends or former students. It’s unimaginable. This attack has brought up many issues of freedom and fear and hope for the future. One only has to read the comments section of some of these news articles to feel sickened by the level of hatred and ignorance in our culture. The next generation has to be better at living together than we are.
If you’d like to read more about the life and legacy of Deah, Yusor, and Razan, this Facebook page has been set up to honor their memory. Read this essay by Yusor’s best friend here. And hear the heartbreaking words of Deah’s sister here. I believe that listening to the stories of the victims and those closest to them is the best way to develop empathy and understanding, which will ultimately lead to change.
So as this frigid weekend approaches, my mind is unfocused and cloudy with thoughts. When I feel this way, being creative helps. I’m planning to set up a painting table and just spend some time painting and creating– nothing specific, not a ‘project,’ just creating for the sake of it.
Wishing you all a lovely and creative weekend!