Usually I hate news posts and I'd never post one myself unless I felt it could spark some discussion, but there's some news that has hit me very personally.
I was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, and while I never particularly likes the mall just about two hours ago, a shooter opened fire there. The report says that three people are dead, one of them possibly the shooter.
I've been getting sick of posts about shootings across the nation and the world, but I never really thought one would come to where I live. Columbia has always been a safe and wonderful little city. It really hurts that something like has come to my hometown. Not only am I sad at the loss of life in the wake of indiscriminate and selfish violence, but I am somewhat sure that this shooting will end up on national news to some extent, and my quiet, peaceful, happy hometown will now be known in the minds of many as simply the location of another mall shooting.
Why I reach out to all of you is because I am not in Columbia, but instead in Vienna with my Serbian girlfriend visiting a friend of hers. Being so far away from my friends and family and in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people--not to mention that we are supposed to be relaxing and enjoying life--makes me feel very isolated and trapped with my feelings. I will probably tell them what happened, but I worry it will bring the mood of the visit down.
Anyway, I apologize in advance for the hypocrisy of hating useless news articles but now posting one of my own. I hope my deep personal attachment to the story can be an excuse somewhat. I'm sure there will be some smartass comments and nobody really has to say anything, I'm not fishing for sympathy, it just helps to think that someone is listening when you're talking.
So thank you for reading if you did. I hope things are going well for you and that life is good.