{Las Vegas} On Love + Perspective

Today I squeezed my babes a little bit longer than normal...

Like most, I have gone through a barrage of emotions. I have been rocked. I have been feeling unsteady. I have felt the need to give more. And, I have been unable to express how I’m feeling…

It started with shock after waking to a lot of texts all asking the same question, "are you okay?" (Thank you to all who reached out.)...

And then confusion as I tried to understand what was going on and eventually learned of the tragedy that occurred below me on the strip...

Fear, of course, as I started to catalogue my friends, colleagues and clients who could have been there. As I started to hear of stories and more information about the events of last night...

Sadness, a heavy heavy heart, as I thought (and continue to think) about everyone affected...

A whole lot of uncertainty as I moved through the day…unsure of how to act or what to do, and distracted by the aftermath of the chaos that occurred just miles away...

I moved to Vegas in 2006 and with the exception of a two year stint out east, I have called this place my home for most of my adult life. This is my community, and while it isn’t perfect, today we have proven that we take care of our own. 

Today we mourned as a community. Today we gave, grieved, offered hands and hearts, and worked to help others heal...

Today we probably hugged longer, loved more gently, and forgot about the daily stressors that just don’t seem to matter in times like this…

Today we held others up who were hurting from this tragedy...

Today we gained a new perspective...

It's in times of tragedy we learn about strength and perseverance. We shift our attitude and seek clarity from within. We LOVE a whole hell of a lot more, because being vulnerable just doesn't seem to f-ing matter anymore.

For many, it’s another smack upside the head with the reality that it could have been us. That we only have one life to live, and dammit, the little shit  doesn’t matter. It just doesn't.

Slow down. Live more. Worry less. Spend time with the ones you love...

In the wake of this tragedy, as so many of us are feeling lost and confused, angry and fearful, heartbroken and saddened…please please lean in. 

Wherever you are in this city, or across the country, it’s okay to feel so many things. Not just today, but as we move from this day into the week. Feel all the feels, recognize where you are at, and don’t be afraid to give love. 

I’m proud to live and work in this community and I’m here if anyone wants to talk (or share a good long squeeze).

xo,

Kelly

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