Three months have now passed since our mountains ignited in wildfire and it’s been a month since the grisly events at the Aurora theatre unfolded. For many in Colorado, shock and numbness are now giving way to stress and the reality of what’s happened. For those of us who were indirectly affected, many are feeling a bit unsafe, unsettled and sad.
Those directly impacted by these events are likely to feel increasing amounts of anxiety, grief, self-blame and post-traumatic stress as the weeks pass. Post-traumatic stress can sneak up quietly at first but it often gets worse a few months after the tragedy. It will be common place this fall. The journey towards healing that the victims will embark upon will be a long one. They will need the support, patience and compassion of the community.
We can’t magically rewind to the beginning of the summer and rewrite history. However, each and every one of us has the power to consciously choose what kind of a citizen we will be during this post-traumatic spell in our state’s history. How each of us interacts with others this fall will make a difference. So here are 2 actions that you can take that will help our society as well as yourself: