Take a minute out and pray for Manchester and Marawi.
As I sit, behind my laptop screen, cooped up in my room, buried in books, typing this blog post at the speed of lightening, because exams are right around the corner and stress is at an all time high, I still haven’t digested last night’s terror attack in Manchester, which took away twenty-two innocent lives and injured more than fifty-nine, and today’s attack in the Filipino city of Marawi. I can’t even begin to comprehend the pain the families of the causalities are going through right now.
So, before I delve into this blog post, I would like all of you reading to take a few seconds out and think of the victims, think of the disgusting actors behind the attack, who ended the lives of innocent children, children who were merely going for a concert, for some of whom it would be one of their best experiences of their lives, and at the same time, about the troubled city of Marawi, where a group, associated with the ISIS, took to the streets brandishing assault rifles, firing at government and office buildings, burning homes down.
It saddens me even more that, all we as citizens can really do is to feel and pray for them, pray for humanity at large. All my faith in humanity is also not lost—there are good people in the world. For instance, in Manchester, post the attack, people were opening their homes to people in pain, taxi drivers and locals were getting people home safely, and people continue to rush to blood banks to donate blood.
Moreover, because of these attacks, it was hard for me to even concentrate on my studies today, because every few minutes, I wanted to know the latest update. I was going through an array of emotions and so I decided to go for a run.
Running has becoming my go-to thing since exams started. I run because I love both the adrenaline rush and the exhaustion that follows a sprint. My sometimes foggy-headed mind always comes out miraculously clearer after a hard run, but this time it didn’t. But, other times, running usually, always helps me be myself, it helps me vent out any stress, and helps me forget my responsibilities, ephemerally.
I put on my earphones, my favorite playlist and run for a good half an hour. I would say that it has been the best part of my day during this exam season and generally taking a break and procrastinating is the best part of one’s day, I would think?
So, whenever you have had enough of stuDYING and need a break, go do something that makes you happy. Go watch a movie at the Warwick student cinema, go to the gym, go and treat yourself to a Dominos Pizza. And, it doesn’t matter if your flatmates and friends are studying at the time; go alone because you have deserved that rightful break.
Last, but not the least, I have myself witnessed people crying in pain and having mental breakdowns every now and then because of exam pressure, and I will be lying to you, if I say I haven’t done that in the last few weeks, but I have come to stand by the principle that you should only put your best foot forward, because it is not so much about winning the race, but completing it. Thus, do your best, don’t fret too much about it and give the exams all you have.
Thanks for reading and hope you have a lovely day and most importantly, best of luck x