It’s two days after the London attacks as I’m writing this, and it’s chucking it down with rain. I have to say, this weather is a perfect representation of how I’m currently feeling. I was getting ready for bed the other night before I checked Twitter and saw people tweeting about the devastating news. Worry just came over me and my heart sunk. My parents, my brother, my cousins and their children, my best friend Glace, all live in London and my first thought was ‘I hope they’re ok’. I quickly messaged Glace who told me she was safe, and I was holding off from calling my mum because I knew I would break down on the phone. I knew that all my family members were home by the time the attacks happened, with the exception of my dad who is a chef in a restaurant in Vauxhall. Obviously restaurants close very late, so he’s only ever home at about midnight. It was a very long one hour before my dad made it home. My dad is one of those old fashioned men who hate technology, so he never, ever has a phone on him. I doubt he even knows how to use one with all the hi-tech things they do these days, so we had no way of reaching him.

I’m currently living in Bristol and the feeling of helplessness I felt was overwhelming. Not that I would’ve been able to do much more if I was at home in London, but at least I would’ve had the support of my mum and my brother. The police later announced that the Vauxhall incident was not related to the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, but when it first made it on the news, it sounded like it was. I’m just so grateful that all my family and friends are well, and I am so deeply sorry for anyone who has lost someone they knew. It’s such a sad time for the world. I just hope that people don’t let the fear of terror take over their lives and don’t let it stop them from doing whatever it is they want to do. Also, how BEAUTIFUL was the Ariana concert? I was watching it last night and I seriously lost count of how many times I cried. Ariana is such a brave, young woman. A true inspiration to everyone! Whether you're a fan of her music or not, I think it’s safe to say that the whole world fell in love with her last night. 

I pray we all stay safe, I pray we all see the light even in dark times like these. And please don’t let racism into your life. A religion is not to blame for what has happened. Remember that. And I know this is an incredibly cliche thing to say, but please tell your loved ones how much you love them everyday, even when you’re annoyed about something they did. I’m sure all the people who lost someone in these attacks, would love the chance to tell them once more how much they mean to them. 

Stay safe. 
Much love, SFS.

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