The first thing I saw was news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and I felt as if my heart had stopped.
So many lives lost and destroyed through a senseless act, and I realized once again how precarious life can be.
What drove that man to do what he did?
Coming on the heels of three major hurricanes and the terrible suffering of millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico, it seems like too much to bear.
I am not someone who sits and watches the news updates all day because I know that it doesn't help anyone for me to do so.
Instead I will try to find a way to help. I don't have a lot of money and I am not able to give blood, but I will make a small donation.
I will also make phone calls to petition my representatives in congress to please consider commonsense gun control measures.
When will so many lost lives be enough? When will people's lives be more important than ownership of automatic weapons that were only meant to be used by the military?
I feel very sad for so many of my fellow Americans today. I am grateful that my family and I are safe, but I know that there is too much heartbreak.