I can “thank” my youthful experiences for the hypervigilence that makes me think of this stuff. But being constantly on guard is no way to enjoy a concert. Or life.
The healthiest way to be safe in mass public events like a concert is to do the things this writer suggests, then let go once you have a feel of the place and people and an evacuation plan - and then let yourself enjoy things. Otherwise the bad guys control our lives. Frak that.
I was really concerned about how I’d feel with concealed guns now allowed on the campus where I work, what with my frustratingly high levels of hypervigilence and anxiety. But a small dagger (legal size!) in my backpack and an escape plan for all the rooms I’m in (plus leaving my office and class doors closed, and posting no office hours) seems to have done the trick in controlling that.
It’s taken a lot of time and effort to be able to let go of the life-interference caused by constant hypervigilence - and then to be able to enjoy life. Part of what helps is the situational awareness this author discusses, and knowing where the self-defence tools are wherever I am, and having a fight or flight plan.
Then I can feel safe enough to relax, but ready to respond if need arises.
I’m sorry y'all have to think about this now, too. But you do. Take care of yourself, and be safe.
The main reason I worry for Lance is probably because I’ve realized that on some subtle note, I relate to him. Not in the fact that he’s out-going and flirty, but on the fact that he’s always trying to out do himself. He’s the self-proclaimed sharp-shooter of the team (and he really is) but he’s always trying to level up in a way and be better.
Lance obviously deals with some heavy self-esteem issues, and except for that one scene with Keith and Lance in season 3 (and one other one where Shiro compliments Lance on being their sharp-shooter), no one helps Lance out and no one ordinarily compliments him on the amazing skills he does have.
In the scene where Lance approaches Keith and tells him that he’s willing to step down as a paladin because “Shiro”’s back, Keith tells him that he is needed and he is important on the team. Everyone’s been mushing over this scene, but I don’t think anyone’s taken into account how Lance leaves Keith’s room. He doesn’t have any restored confidence, he’s not even really smiling. He leaves kinda slouched and not in any better of shape than when he entered the scene. The only way I can describe this is actions speak louder than words. Now, we’ve all heard the old saying, and by now your parents have probably said it SO many times that you just find it cliche and annoying, but it’s true and holds a lot of meaning.
Despite Keith telling Lance that he is needed on the team, most of the times when Lance’s skills come into conversation at all it’s mostly the team making fun of him- and we see this quite a few times in season 3. Even Hunk, Lance’s best friend picks on him about this along with everyone else, and they all probably mean it as a joke more or less, but I have a feeling it’s all going to come back and bite them in the long run.
Other people have pointed out how, as the sniper of their team, Lance’s role is more behind the scenes, but it is still VERY important and I don’t think the team really realizes how much Lance contributes. Going back to the main point though. I deal with self-esteem issues myself and I’ll tell you one thing that is very important. Words can do a lot, but simply telling someone they’re important does squat when their self-esteem is already pretty low. Lance’s self-esteem is already low to the point that he’s not even entirely sure he’s even meant to be a paladin even though he obviously is. Keith simply saying that he’s a crucial part of the team doesn’t do anything if him and the rest of the team don’t follow through with that statement. They may mean their jokes as simply that, jokes, but whether it’s meant to be funny or not, Lance never once laughs or cracks a smile at them. He’s obviously affected in a very negative way.
My worry is that by the time someone actually puts this all together (I’m thinking it’ll be Allura or Shiro) and sits down and talks with the rest of the team, it might be too late. Because, even if the team are all Lance’s friends and even a family to him, this kind of stuff doesn’t ever really go away especially if they keep pointing fun at him- it’s extremely hard to build a sound structure that’ll last on land that has a lot of earthquakes.
Summary: In an alternate universe where Spider-Man doesn’t exist, Spider-Girl does. Instead of Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider, it was the reader. And now she becomes the web slinging hero, destined to save New York…
Richard Castaldo - 17
• shot in the arm, chest, back, and abdomen
Sean Graves - 15
• shot in the back, foot, and abdomen
Lance Kirklin - 16
• shot in the leg, neck, and jaw
Michael Johnson - 15
• shot in the face, arm, and leg
Mark Taylor - 16
• shot in the arms, leg, and chest
Anne-Marie Hochhalter - 17
• shot in the chest, arm, abdomen, back, and left leg
Patrick Ireland - 17
• shot in the head and foot
Daniel Steepleton -17
• shot in the thigh
Makai Hall - 18
• shot in the knee
Kacey Rueqsegger - 17
• shot in the shoulder, hand, and neck
Lisa Kreutz - 18
• shot in the shoulder, hand, arms, and thigh
Valeen Schnurr - 18
• shot in the chest, arms, and abdomen
Mark Kintgen - 17
• shot in the head and shoulder
Nicole Nowlen - 16
• shot in the abdomen
Jeanna Park - 18
• shot in knee, shoulder, and foot
Jennifer Doyle - 17
• shot in the hand, leg, and shoulder
Austin Eubanks - 17
• shot in the hand and knee
Brian Anderson - 17
• hit by flying glass
Patti Nielson - 35
• hit in shoulder with shrapnel
Evan Todd - 15
• hit with splinters of of wood from desk he was under
Rachel Scott - 17
• shot in the head, torso, and leg
Daniel Rohrbough - 15
• shot in the arm, chest, back, and abdomen
William David Sanders - 47
• shot in the back and neck and died from blood loss
Kyle Velasquez - 16
• shot in the head and back
Steven Curnow - 14
• shot in the neck
Cassie Bernall - 17
• shot in the head
Isaiah Shoels - 18
• shot in the chest
Matthew Kechter - 16
• shot in the chest
Lauren Townsend - 18
• multiple shots to the head, chest, and lower body
John Tomlin - 16
• multiple shots to the head and neck
Kelly Fleming - 16
• shot in the back
Daniel Mauser - 15
• shot in the face
Corey DePooter - 17
• shot in the chest and neck
Eric Harris - 18 (shooter)
• self-inflicted gunshot to the mouth
Dylan Klebold - 17 (shooter)
• self-inflicted gunshot to the head
The 14th Victim
On May 4, 2002 Columbine student Greg Barnes committed suicide. He was friends with victim Matthew Kechter and saw victim Dave Sanders get shot.
His death was less than 2 weeks after the 1 year anniversary of the shooting
So excuse the fact that i look kicked in, i have no bra on and have been cleaning my room all night - butHERE look i found the right angle!! I found the angle that I should have been recording from to start with, so in this ne you can actulally see me take the shot, isnt it lovely??? but it was nothing even really it barely hit me ythis tie :/
“I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to Rocket Jump. I just can’t. I have this thing where I can’t handle self-inflincted damage in shooters, or games of any kind. I’m too frugal on my health I guess. I’m waiting to find/craft the Rocket Jumper so I can practice without fear, but until then i stay away from that class”