Finding Light In Brussels

By: Marie Rygaert, IATG ContributorMarch 22, 2016


Today three explosions occurred in my city, Brussels. It is the first time that I experienced something so dramatic that hits so close to home. The atmosphere is tense, emotional, surreal. Everyone is checking the news every two minutes, sending messages to everyone they know, and talking about everything that's going on. A few friends of mine were in the subway right before that explosion. They cannot believe how close they were to the unimaginable, and they can't focus on anything else, understandably. Their world is shaken, you can see it in their eyes. What started as a normal day turned out to be quite a terrible one. I myself don't know what to think.

First I would like to acknowledge the harm done to the victims and their families. My heart aches for them, and my thoughts and prayers are with them. Nothing can be said or done to help in this kind of situation, but I know that we will be many to show them support in this tragic time.

On a more personal level, I want to choose to make something positive out of this day. So today I want to tell you this:

Life is precious. We know it, but we forget about it too often. Nothing is ever a given, everything changes constantly, and your life can change in a few minutes. Keeping this in mind, and without getting too dramatic, I hope that you savor each day. I hope that every day brings you something joyful, something fun, something interesting.

You are loved. Isn't it weird how terrible events have the power to connect us to those we love? All those messages sent to your family and friends, to know if they're okay, all those nice “stay safe” texts gotten from pretty much everyone in Brussels. They are all signs of love, that somebody thought of you and cared about you.

May that stay with you every other day too, and may you tell your loved ones what they mean to you, every chance you get, because the time is always right to do that.

Many of us are extremely lucky. In Europe there has been a refugees' crisis going on for the past year, and recently our governments have started to stop them from entering the continent, sending them back. When I see how stressed out everybody is today in Belgium, I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to live in a place where such attacks have happened on a regular basis for the past five years. I hope today can show us the incredible chance we have to be living in a peaceful place, and that it can make us more tolerant and welcoming to people who do not have that chance.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by the tragedy in Brussels and we wish and work for more peace in the world.

xo -IATG Family


About MarieMARIE_RYGAERET_writer_bio-1.jpg

Marie is a 20 year old law student from Brussels. In her spare time, she is a scout chief, animating kids from 8 to 12. She loves to spend time outdoors with them, playing games, and seeing life through their eyes. She aso likes spend time with her friends and family, reading, playing piano, and watching Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, and The Real show.


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