I started writing another post for today, but it was hard to finish when something else is so heavy on my heart. Along with everything else going on in the world, the disaster of Hurricane Harvey in Houston has been overtaken in the news by the quickly approaching, larger-than-life Hurricane Irma.
I’m from Tampa, and currently go to school in Tallahassee, so this storm is something ever-present in everyone’s lives around me right now.
If you aren’t from Florida or the south or even the United States, then you might not be aware of the massive hurricane hurling towards my beloved state, but a quick Google of “Hurricane Irma” or a look at any weather radar will show you all you need to know… As of this morning (Saturday, September 9), Irma’s set her sights on barreling straight through the entire state of Florida (and moving westward by the hour, more towards the coast of my family and I) and continuing up into the southern states.
Irma’s already plowed through the Caribbean islands, briefly weakening from a Category 5 to a 4, only to regain strength back up to a Category 5. She’s not messing around.
I don’t mean to over-dramatize anything, it’s just difficult to try to prepare for the disaster that’s coming in the next few days.
I’ve decided to stay put here in Tallahassee, for fear of sparse gas and bad traffic if I were to try and evacuate, especially with the westward movement of the storm, which will also be hitting the cities I’d evacuate to… My family in Tampa is also bracing for impact at our house there.
I know the entire state is about to be affected, badly, along with all the nearby islands and southern states, which is cause for the other half of this post’s title, the “Love You Because Challenge”.
Life is short, and the future is unknown, so tell the people you love that you love them. I’m not saying we’re all doomed from this storm, but it will be rough, and recovery will be long and hard. The power will be out in many places, for long periods of time, and you never know when cell service will go out.
So I challenge you, regardless of where you live or whether this storm is anywhere near you, to reach out to at least one person that you love, and tell them why you love them.
Text them, call them, email them, and tell them that you love and appreciate them, and that you’re thinking of them. Tell them to pass it on, and tell someone that they’re loved, too. It’s not hard, it’ll only take you a minute, but I know it’ll help brighten someone’s day.
You never know how much someone might need to hear that they’re loved, and we don’t say it enough.
Especially in difficult times, we have to stick together and lift each other up. Accept the challenge to spread some love today, before you even close this web page (unless you’re on mobile, then close this page and open your messages). Get on the phone and get to saying “I love you because…”
You won’t regret it.
I texted my big sister, my family, and started an “I love you because” chain in my sorority Facebook group.
How are you going to spread the love? Leave me a comment below with a “<3” or let me know who you reached out to if you accepted the challenge, I’d love to hear how you’re helping to shine a light in the dark world today.
Be safe friends, and say some extra prayers for everyone in this storm.