By Nicole Ashby

People are doing horrible things to each other left, right, and centre and most of us can’t do anything but sit back and watch it happen. I feel so helpless watching these innocent people being attacked because they’re different.

Here I am sitting on the other side of the world watching in horror as images flash across my screen, of terror attack after terror attack and it tears at my heart. I want to reach out and help but I feel like I can’t. This is my way of helping, letting others know that maybe what they’re feeling is similar to how I’m feeling.

So many people are saying we have to fight them with love but how can we do that when they are taking innocent people from our lives and making it impossible to go on in some cases. As people of the world we have to come together and be strong for one another, and support each other through this devastating time.

I will be the first to admit that I am at a loss for what to do and how to help, because I see all these distraught people and I just want to do something to help. It is scary to think that this is what the world is coming to and nobody is safe from their destruction. The perfect example is the Ariana Grande performance attack, but we banded together and created One Love Manchester to show our unity, and that we won’t back down. Yes love can conquer all. What resonated with me from this performance was what Katy Perry said:

“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it? Especially in moments like these. It can be the most difficult thing to do, but love conquers fear, and love conquers hate. And this love that you choose, will give you strength and it’s our greatest power.”

Even though love may be the last thing that the world wants to be feeling right now and I know I am struggling with finding the love she is right.

The world can’t keep fighting hate with hate, and war with war.

There needs to be love shared, there needs to be acceptance and peace. All of this taking of lives is not what needs to happen. Although the concert was named One Love Manchester it stands for all of the places that are facing the same horror they went through; Syria, London, Melbourne and tonnes of other places around the world.

The sight of all of this hurt is affecting me and I’m not even in the midst of it. Even though I am not over there and wasn’t personally affected I can feel the pain they are feeling. I can also feel the sense of being united and working towards a better world, where people shouldn’t be afraid to go out in the street with their friends or afraid to go to concerts to see their favourite singers. Obviously we still have a long way to go before the world will ever be the peaceful, accepting place we want it to be, but maybe one day if we continue to put love first we may get somewhere.

I have never believed that music can heal you before but if you haven’t already checked out some of the songs from One Love Manchester you should: you will feel the mixture of love and pain that is portrayed.

Even though I feel so heartbroken at the moment over what the world is going through, and all of the lives that have been lost to this tragedy, I must look forward.

We must all unite with family, friends and loved ones as we continue to move forward into a world where frankly, we don’t know what is going to happen. We can only hope that somewhere over that rainbow there will be brighter days full of love and peace instead of anger and hurt.


About the author:

Nicole Ashby is currently a Year 12 student at Ellesmere College in Leeston, New Zealand. She has always had an interest in writing in classes at school and in her free time. She enjoys writing about things that matter to people her age that they may not know much about or they want to broaden their knowledge on a certain subject. Nicole enjoys writing about things that matter to her and things that she thinks more people should be aware about. When she was 12 she was one of 5 who won a writing competition in Creme magazine about her experience in the earthquakes. She has written pieces for her local newsletter, The Ellesmere Echo, about school events and this year she has taken on the task of being the editor of her school magazine. She also has an interest for design and creating magazine covers and spreads. Nicole looks forward to expanding her writing and creating pieces for people to enjoy.

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