Boston Marathon Tragedy

Posted on April 17, 2013 I Written By

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As most of you know, I’m in the thick of the insane TEDMED experience (Yes the schedule goes from 6 AM to Midnight and a Free Live stream is available here). However, I didn’t want to keep going forward with at least acknowledging what happened at the Boston Marathon. I don’t have a lot to say about it specifically, but it felt wrong to keep publishing without some comment on the tragedy of what happened.

I first found out about what was happening during my layover in the airport in Minneapolis. I boarded the flight to DC and the flight had satellite TV, so pretty much the whole way from Minneapolis to Washington DC I was watching the news to see the latest information on what happened. Needless to say I would have rather not been in a plane at that time. However, it got especially poignant as the plane was landing and I looked out my window and saw the Pentagon right below us. A pretty sobering experience. My first text when we landed was to my wife saying, “All is well.”

Rather than focus on the evil people who would do such a thing, I want to focus on the brave people who ran towards the explosion to help someone instead of ran away. The people who’d just run 26 miles who had to run a mile or two more to give blood. The healthcare workers on site and at the hospitals that took care of all the wounded. Those committing to run the 2014 Boston Marathon.

It’s hard for me to understand what could go through the minds of people who do such terrible things. The best advice I’ve heard is to “Be Calm and Carry On.” I’m sure that will be hard for many in Boston and that makes me sad.