Yesterday, I went on a little day trip to London. It was something that I’d had planned for a good few months, and I was really looking forward to it. Then the attacks happened.Even after seeing the news of the attacks all over social media before going to bed, it never once occurred to me that I shouldn’t still continue with my trip, but when I woke up in the morning and read more and more tweets about the situation, I started to feel a little nervous about my day, but I still did my makeup, put on a nice dress and walked in the sunshine to the coach station.
I must admit, I’m always a little cautious when I’m in London. I know the underground system well, and I have no issue getting around, but after having my purse stolen about 18 months ago, I tend to stay a little bit more alert than I used to, and yesterday was no different. I walked from Victoria coach station to the main train station, went to Costa to grab some breakfast and sat people watching while I waited to meet Sarah. And what did I see?
I saw Londoners and non-Londoners, all going about their Sundays as if it was any other day. I didn’t hear anyone panicking or worrying about their day, and I didn’t feel like the station felt any different to how it has on every other trip I’ve made to this place. I saw families with small children enjoying the last day of their half terms; running, laughing, smiling. I needed to see this. I instantly felt calmed by the calm of a Sunday in London.
The recent attacks in Manchester, London, and all over the world are horrifying. It breaks my heart that innocent lives are being lost, and it breaks my heart seeing innocent people blamed for the actions of a few sick people, but we must remain strong. While we still continue living our lives, and loving those around us, they will never win.
I saw someone on Twitter refer to the scene in Harry Potter when Dumbledore dies, and everyone raises their wands to outshine the Dark Mark in the sky, but there’s another quote that for me seems more appropriate:
‘You have a power that Voldemort has never had. You can love.’
Don’t let terror defeat love.