posted on May, 8 2004 @ 11:37 PM
I live in Central Phoenix and, right after 9/11, I was very scared about what we would do if the big "IT" got us. I couldn't live that way. One
day, driving down the street, I noticed the wild drivers, the drunks, and the general criminal element was a bigger statistical threat to me than
When you live in a big city and, in the heart of town, you learn to take certain precautions that are sensible, but don't interfere with day-to-day
living. I decided I HAD to take the same approach to terrorism.
Yes, we keep bottled water on hand, but it's a sensible precaution for desert living. Yes, we have canned goods and extra meds, but that's just for
a feeling of being in control. We've discussed what we would do if something awful should happen and decided that there would really be no truly
safe place. Should the big "IT" occur, criminal gangs, anarchy, lawlessness etc., but but a huge aftereffect. So, we have decided to take our
chances and live our lives. And yes, we do always keep our cars filled with gas, but that's because we think ahead...not because we think that it
will help us reach a place of safety. At 52, we've become somewhat fatalistic. Maybe if we had young children, we'd feel differently, but since
it's just my husband and myself, we prefer to keep on living...always watchful, but not hysterical or full of scenarios for doomsday. Doomsday could
just as easily take the shape of a drunken driver in the wrong lane (personal doomsday that is).
I'm not completely immune to the fear of terrorism. I hate flying now, but it's something that has to be done. Would I choose to go to Greece this
summer? No way. In that sense, I think it's just a sensible precaution, much as locking the car immediately upon getting in.
With all that said, there are some times, late, late at night when I DO worry...but, don't we all?