Sometimes I say ‘I know’ and I don’t. Not really.
I don’t always know how everything feels.
I like to think I can relate…but no one ever really can.
Sure, I’m sympathetic, it’s easy to be.
But rarely do I KNOW, with my heart.
This time, I KNOW.
I know what you’re feeling right now.
I know that some of you are in denial. I know that some of you are brushing this all off as nothing too serious. I know that some of you are ready to get up and fight. I know that some of you are feeling super protective of your families right now. I know that some of you are hesitating to leave your house. Not because you are terrified…you don’t ever get terrified because you won’t give in to it…but because you are a little scared. I know that some of you are in shock. You don’t understand how things like this can happen in your own backyard. I know how some of you are trying to figure it out. I know how some of you might spend a lot of time going back and forth in your head and sometimes out loud…feeling unnerved by the conversation itself. I mean, how is it that we are even talking about this? It’s 2016 – this is a safe place – a tolerant place…what happened? And I know some of you are looking at your teenagers and wondering how they seem to function on a different plane. How is it that they can shrug it off and go about their business? How can they still be posting selfies? Why are they not heeding your advice and taking precautions? I know some of you are feeling brave and some of you are feeling scared and some of you aren’t sure how you should be feeling when things blow up in New York and New Jersey and people start saying the words ‘terrorist’ and ‘attack’ in a manner that sends a shiver down your spine.
Some people are going to post silly things on social media, letting the American people know how we go through this every day in our little land smack in the center of the Middle East. Some people are going to chastise you for finally ‘waking up’. I’m sorry for that. I wish I could prevent it. Because all of us here should just be letting you know…that we know. We really do.
And we feel for you.
Because yes, we do feel all these things all the time.
But we never, ever wanted you to be able to relate.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know…that I know how you feel right now.
I really do.