What Aurora, Colorado, Needs To Know After the Shooting
Posted Jul 22 2012 9:33am
Photo: Barry Gutierrez
One of the toughest things after trauma is feeling safe in the world. Whether your trauma was an accident or calculated the result is the same: You’ve seen behind the curtain of ‘everything’s all right’ and know that lurking back there are some pretty horrific experiences.
Take, for example, last week’s horrendous Colorado tragedy. Everything’s all right and so each moviegoer – the six year old who had just learned to swim and her mom, the man celebrating his 27th birthday and 1st anniversary this weekend, the boyfriend who died shielding his girl from bullets – planned a fun night out at the premier of a much publicized and long awaited and anticipated movie.
Everything’s all right. And then it wasn’t. You know a day or a night like that.
The recent shooting in Colorado reminds each of us how a normal situation can lead to horror – and how our worlds (and we) abruptly changed and how we’ve had to struggle to reclaim or redefine a sense of normalcy and safety.
What happened last week when a brilliant scientist decided to randomly kill innocent people reminds all of us that bad things do happen in the world, and that horror happens when we least expect it and in places in which we feel completely safe.
For those who survive trauma and need to find a way to carry on, the most important things are:
1) knowing you are not alone
2) having support from people who really understand you
In memory of those who lost their lives last week; in support of the more than fifty people injured; in honor of everyone in the Aurora movie theater and their families and that town who will remember this tragedy forever; in the hope that everyone touched by this event across the nation will find a way to move forward – today let’s make a list of things you need to know after trauma.
Knowledge is power. Community is critical. What you’ve learned on your path can make a difference to those walking behind.
What do you wish you had known in the first few days and weeks after your trauma?
Finish this sentence: “What you need to know about life after trauma is ____________.”