On Thursday, June 5, our country endured yet another school shooting. This time it was Seattle Pacific University, my school, my community, and my family…
The gunshots started at 3:30pm and were it not for the heroics of a student guard, who pepper-sprayed the assailant, there surely would have been more shots, more fatalities, more wounded and shaken and traumatized. In the minutes after the shooting, #SPUshooting was trending nationally. Within an hour, #prayforSPU replaced it. I am extremely proud to be a part of a community that emphasizes faith and expresses unity in the wake of a tragedy.
Waking up yesterday morning I felt as though I was in some sort of a shock. How could Thursday have been real? My community, my family, was violated by the unthinkable. My heart is broken. I’m thankful to be part of this community that responds to tragedy by crying out to God in worship. I am thankful for the amount of professors, family, and friends that contacted me to check in. This place will always be home and I am so proud to be a student at a university that declares God as sovereign no matter the circumstances. I will forever be proud to be a falcon.
My heart goes out to the friends and families of those affected by the shooting at SPU, UCSB, Sandy Hook elementary, Virginia Tech, Columbine, etc. This is a weekend to hug your family and friends. Be so appreciative of them being here, on this earth, with you. Be kind to people you don’t know. Help people you can see are struggling. Be there for one another.
In the photo, you can see the praying students with the beaming, beatific light shining on their heads. It is a Christian school of after all, and in the moment, we can see why faith can be such a savant against the brutality of life:
Yesterday marked the end of my third year at Seattle Pacific University. These three years have definitely had their ups and downs. I’ve met so many amazing people and I have gotten the chance to explore more of Seattle this year than I did before. One major lesson I’ve learned this year is that there is no way to predict where our paths will lead us. Our ideas and plans could very well change down the road. God might have a different plan for us than we intend and we just have trust him. But my advice is just pursue your passion, whatever it may be. I’ve witnessed the unhappiness of those who didn’t pursue their passion just because their career might not earn as much as others. Allow yourself to do what you truly love.
“Do it with passion or not at all.”
See you in back in September Seattle (:
Yesterday morning was the most colorful of mornings, here in Seattle. Thousands of people participated in the 5K Color Run, an un-timed race with a colorful twist, benefiting multiple charities through donations. This is my second year being a part of the color run, you can read about my experience and see pictures from last year (here). This year I ran it with one of my really good friends, Danielle. I ran the color run with her last year as well. The principle is simple; take part in a collective run throughout the Seattle City wearing a white shirt. At the end in the Seattle Center, you get doused with colored powder every 10 minutes, while dancing and having fun among other participants. The weather was in the low 70’s in Seattle, which was actually perfect. It was sunny but not too hot. Danielle and I got lucky this year by being the very first people at the start line, which was a great experience. We definitely got a lot more color this year compared to last year. Overall, I loved it and we are absolutely doing it again next year especially because it will be our senior year. We are also hoping to get a group of friends to join us next year and make a team.
I hope you have a color and wonder filled week. Until next time! For more on the Color Run, now host to over 170 events in over 30 countries, you can visit thecolorrun.com.
Color Run – Seattle 2014
Wow, one year has sure gone quick. 365 days from today I joined the WordPress community and started blogging. I don’t regret it one bit! Since blogging, I truly enjoy writing and sharing my views to you all. This is just the beginning and I still have so much more to write and post about.
Thank you to all my faithful readers for watching for my new posts. I have enjoyed getting to know you virtually. Also, thank you to all my new friends in the blogging community. I hope you’ll stick around. Thanks to WordPress for making this a great first year.
Happy anniversary to my blog and me!
Posts of thankfulness and gratitude have been popping up on blogs left and right recently, so now’s my turn to join in. If there’s ever a trend to jump on, it’s one that encourages you to stop and take a moment to think about the good things in your life!
So here are some things I’m THANKful for:
Family & Friends:
Having family all in the same place at the same time is a rare occurrence these days. That being said, this year, we will get to spend Thanksgiving all together.
My friends are all truly amazing, end of story.
I have a body capable of running, dancing, weight lifting, jumping, and more. I also cannot remember the last time I was sick, but definitely not in the last 4 years. So I am certainly thankful for my health.
Living in Seattle tests my patience at times. While being able to live in an on-campus apartment and being able to attend school are things I look forward to someday, seeing sights such as this on a run is a pretty great thing.
What are you thankful for?
I hope you all get to spend some wonderful quality time with loved ones and enjoy your thanksgiving holiday!