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April 17, 2014 | 12:00 a.m. CST
This week, the world felt broken. I felt broken. Tuesday marked one year since bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. And last Friday, my friend from college died in a car accident on his way to work.
There are times like these; tragedies create holes in our hearts. Forces outside our control — acts of terror, lives taken at 25 — make us question why we’re here. But amidst the ruins are slivers of light waiting for us to break through. We can find beauty in the good we give to others. All year, we watched Boston rise up stronger from its scars. In Vox this week, three Columbians running the race show that the attacks destroyed limbs and lives but couldn’t take away courage, or our ability to persevere. I’ve seen a college community tell endless stories about my friend, his bellowing laugh still very much alive, in an effort to heal.
In this issue, Vox also features stories about courage and perseverance of a different kind by sharing 16 perspectives on coming out, all in the individuals’ own raw words. These stories speak of pain and rejection, but also of acceptance.
Altogether, their stories have an underlying theme: When in doubt, choose love. Herein lies an opportunity for beauty, so why question it? Life will test and try us in many ways. One thing we can control is the amount of love we pour into the world. What gives us purpose is knowing that we’re here, right now, to take care of each other.