When the Olympics were in London in 2012 I took my daughter up to see the marathon. We arrived at London Bridge station and walked across the sealed off bridge. Sealed off for better reasons.
Whilst we were crossing it we came across a group of French athletes who had won medals. They were letting people try them on and have their photos taken with them. They were dancing on the bridge and there wasn’t one person who wasn’t smiling or enjoying the moment. I remember thinking how amazing it was to share a moment like that, but also to be able to walk down the middle of London Bridge.
For those of us too young to really remember life in London in the 70s/80s there is a sobering list of attacks and their impact
- Canary Wharf
- House of Commons
- The Royal Parks
- The City
- Shopping centres
- The Tower of London
- All the major stations
Almost every symbolic place you can think of suffered at some point. They were closed or damaged.
The city will recover. It is built upon smiles and scars. Friends and families may never recover. Some things will have changed forever.
I think it’s OK to be scared. I’m scared. I think it’s OK to not know what to do or where to go. I see a lot of messages saying people’s thoughts are with London. London will be fine.
It’s each other we need to look out for and challenge to stay strong. And stay smart and vigilant. And remember that whilst action is needed, division can only result in more conflict.