I’ve never been to Paris. I don’t know anyone in Paris. I can’t say that I even think about Paris that often. However, the events that took place just over a day ago have me thinking, not only about Paris, but also about the world we live in. I can’t begin to fathom how someone could commit the absolutely devastating acts that were committed. And I can’t begin to fathom what the victims and their loved ones are going through. And as tragic and heartbreaking as these events were, the reality is that things like this happen all the time and unfortunately will continue to happen. As I sit here writing this now, it’s a little difficult to articulate the things that I’m feeling. But I just wanted to say a few words if anyone happens to read this. See this isn’t a time to call for world peace or to talk about gun control, or infuse religion into everything we do. As long as we’re on this planet, people will find something to fight about. It could be money, or power, or religion, or land, or women; it doesn’t matter. Hate will always exist and there will always be those who use that hate to spread fear. These people will use that hate and fear to try and control our lives. The best thing we can do as people is to live the life we want. Sure it’s easier said than done sometimes, I know the struggles that exist. But we’re given just a brief moment of time on this planet, so make the most of it. Love, laugh, cry, explore, eat, drink, succeed, fail, experience everything there is to experience. Tell your friends and family that you love them and don’t take anything for granted.

Much love,