By this time most people have become aware of the tragic 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake that hit Nepal. As I watched the situation develop yesterday, I struggled with how to process what had happened. It is a terrible tragedy that is still unfolding in front of our eyes. I cannot help but look to the roof of the world, and think of the 18 people who lost their lives there yesterday. Also of the over 2000 people who lost their lives overall so far. It makes my heart ache that this number keeps growing.
I think as writers, we work harder than many around us to figure out what is going on. We take these events, and work to create pieces that reflect this understanding. It was no different with the tragedy that befell he entire region of Nepal. As someone who finds themselves in the mountains often, this event made me very sad and hit close to home.
Many of us forget that every-time we step outside our door, we take a risk. We are fragile beings and everyday on this planet is a gift. We have a tendency to fall into the daily routines and forget that each day here is precious. When we climb into the mountains, we are not in control, nature is. We are at her mercy, and unfortunately, things like this do happen. These people passed from this place trying to accomplish something that many of us only dream of. My heart goes out their families and all who lost loved ones.
My thoughts are also extended to the people of Nepal. Beside those who were killed, many more were injured or displaced. This earthquake was one of terrifyingly large scale. From New Hampshire to Nepal, out thoughts and our prayers are with you going forward. When it comes down it it, we are in it together.