In an incredible show of bravery today, a young woman turned to social media to declare that she would not be perturbed by an unfortunate event that did not impact her.
Hannah Benjamin, 24, was at work when she heard about the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan, New York. Refusing to be cowed and undeterred by people currently dying, she went to Twitter and Facebook to make an impassioned speech about how New Yorkers would not be affected by this tragedy. She wrote:
“Today 8 people were murdered about a mile from my office. I passed the scene of the crime on the way to Starbucks, where I bought a Pumpkin Spiced Latte and a Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl for my dinner. I was fine. I checked my phone to see anxious texts from my mom, which I ignored. What was she panicking about? I wasn’t involved. I am resilient and strong in the face of a terror I have not experienced yet. We must all keep calm and carry on.
After my dinner, I went to a yoga class. Everyone should go to yoga, for $20 a session, 3 times a week, as it helps keep you calm in the face of adversity like this. Look at how calm I am after a tragedy that didn’t affect anyone I personally know. I’m fine. Keep calm and carry on doing yoga, that’s what I say.
New Yorkers are strong. We will not be affected by this event. We will all carry on as normal. Except for the people that lost their lives and the families. But I’m fine. I am strong. Thanks to all the yoga I do.”
Wow, simply inspiring stuff. Thank you Hannah, you really showed those terrorists!