So now we mourn,
Not for soldiers,
Not for men of war,
But for innocent children who couldn’t find the right escape door,
For the teachers who just wanted the nation to be something more,
For the parents who had nothing to pay for,
We, as a nation, mourn.
Isn’t it strange how until a couple of hours ago, we were just normal teenagers, coming out of the exam room, jittery and eager for the TV filled day ahead, but when we grabbed the remote, we realized, the country had been turned upside down.
Today, I watched the strongest man I know, burst into tears, I watched hundreds of profile pictures turn black, I watched political blame games from my living room, I watched statuses of disgust and bewailment flood my news-feed. Today I not only watched death on TV but also felt it running down my spine as a chill.
These children, these 5th graders, what had they done to deserve this fate? It makes you wonder what is in store for the rest of us, would you lay your life on the line to save an elder? It makes us wonder what we would do for our country, our siblings. The answer is, whatever it takes. I’m not talking about picking up a gun, I’m not talking about giving up my future law career to join the army. I’m talking about that little string that’s been pulled inside all of our hearts, we are ready for whatever it takes to protect those innocent lives, we are ready to serve our motherland. We may all say we’ll leave the country after college, but Pakistan is our nation, this is not just a rant but something instilled deep within us. Setting aside the love hate relationship we may have with populace. When a tragedy hits, we stand in harmony, and that is the sign of a patriot at heart.
I don’t know what to tell you, bad things happen every day, does that make them less petrifying, no. But today, we as teenagers have witnessed and felt in our hearts what most will never experience in a lifetime, this atrocity has changed all of us and I know for a fact, some of us stay up all night, but tomorrow, we as a nation, as the people of Pakistan, will rise up stronger than ever, and this time, I assure you, we will be ready to battle anything. We need to formulate a plan to protect not only ourselves but also those around us, we need to figure out the maximum we can do for the mothers that are sobbing, the fathers that are numb and the siblings who are scarred for life.
Today, we mourn,
Tomorrow we face the world, as the strongest of them all.