30 October 2012

sandy soapbox

sandy wreaked a lot of hell.  flooding, power outages, downed trees, property damage and death.  can't help but think about the people who deal with disaster on a regular basis.  my family is from the caribbean, and while climate change has worsened weather, they grew up with storms like sandy and irene.  and i grew up hearing about them.  

went on twitter and instagram to update and distract myself.  the juxtaposition of sandy damage, sandy shut-ins and their elaborate meals, complaints about sandy and wedding/industry-related posts is jarring.  flooded streets and vintage finds.  weird.  but it's 2012 and we're human.  unless it's happening to us, we don't care all that long if at all and if it is happening to us, as long as we have smart phones and ipads, we're {over}sharing it all. 

but i woke up this morning feeling supremely grateful.  went out for some fresh air and i couldn't help but get perspective.  i live in a first world country, in a first class city with an amazing infrastructure.  the mayor is constantly on tv, the president is emailing me and even amex is making sure i'm okay.  the airports will open again, the subways too and in the meantime, i have heat, power, internet, food and self-indulgence to keep things normal.  my biggest challenge, if you want to call it that, is figuring out how to flower for this weekend's events but i'm not worried.  everything's cool.

POST NOTE
so, so, so many in my fair city were not spared from sandy's destruction.  if you want to help, click here and here to learn what you can do.  thanks. x

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  1. So glad you are ok and going on with it. Your words ring true about social media and real life colliding. And word on praising your hometown's infrastructure. Another example of the importance of building a foundation. xo

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