Lauren Michelle Byckowski
Today was a day.
Nothing particularly devastating happened to me directly today, but observation is enough to seduce devastation to slink in and wrap its arms around your shoulders and chest, in an awkward from-behind kind of embrace. Nothing happened to me directly, and therefore I'm protected from being burned to an even deeper degree, my clothing separating the touch of this devastation and outrage from completely grasping my heart under my skin.
Still, abhorrent behavior gets under my skin.
People commit even the most basic of offenses every single day. I know people have places they need to go, places they are obligated to make an appearance at to chat w/ people they barely know, and punch in times for work are set in stone. But nowhere you need to be takes precedence over someone's life. Your plans are not a priority over following rules of the road, and just displaying a sense of common decency.
I was driving with my dad to pick my older sister up from work, and as two ambulances were making their way, at least 15 cars, if not more, kept tearing through their lanes, refusing to pull over. My dad was the only one who pulled over, while smashing his palm on the wheel, blaring the horn so it was louder than the sirens.
I have no doubts his confrontations drew disgruntled looks from other drivers. That is why today was a day.
I have lost a bit of faith in humanity today, because the difference between life and death is always dependent on our daily actions. To know that people can so easily endanger a person whose life is already endangered is disappointing and repugnant, but it's a pattern. It's an ongoing sense of devastation that headlines the news...or even doesn't. We live in a world that doesn't believe breaking rules and not abiding by the law can be destructive. We live in a world where lives don't matter unless they're our own. There are everyday examples of this, not just in politics, or in other developing/oppressed countries.
Take a closer look at them, because all I can think about right now is "I hope whoever needed emergency assistance is okay." Today was a day; I don't want to roll my eyes or dry them at any more ignorance today.