April 15, 1865: President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot. April 15, 1912: The Titanic sinks. April 15, 2013: Explosions occur at the Boston Marathon, injuring over 100 people.
Today is a bad day. Historically, it’s been a bad day. From assassinations to disasters to travesties, it looks like tragedy likes April 15th. Let’s try to turn that around.
There are always icebergs, but we’ve found a way to navigate around those to clearer waters. Leaders will fall, but we’ve found that this tragedy gives a chance for others to rise. And disasters occur, but we’ve found that this forces us to focus on what makes us happy, so that if random acts of a-holes being a-holes do come about again, we’ll face that terror with happiness in our hearts.
We can make it a good day again. We can be happy on April 15th again. Today we won’t be. But let’s shoot for next year, okay?
Here’s to the next April 15th, when the worst thing about this day is our taxes. Tonight, I’ll be thinking of the most historic city in the world. Maybe I’ll make fun of Paul Revere or Ben Franklin tomorrow, but tonight, I’ll be praying.
AND THIS IS WHAT’S HAPPENING.