An Unconquered Spirit

20 Nov

First off I’m once again delaying my late recap of my 1/2 because I feel that this post is far more important.

So that everyone is on the same footing in regards to what this post is about:

Early this morning 11/20/2014 12:30 a.m. a gunman opened fire on the Florida State University campus. Ultimately the shooter was killed by Police, after he refused to corporate and 3 FSU students were injured. As of this post 2 remain in the hospital, one in critical condition and one in good condition.   The shooter has been identified as lawyer and 2005 alumna of FSU. No clear motive has been determined.

In 2007 I was a junior in high-school when the Virginia Tech shootings took place. In addition to my prayers for the victims and families of the victims I thought “That could never happen here”.

In 2010 I was a sophomore at FSU when the University of Alabama – Huntsville shootings took place. In addition to my prayers for the victims and families of the victims I thought “That could never happen here”.

In 2012 I was in my first year of grad school at Auburn University when the Sandy Hook shootings took place. In addition to my prayers for the victims and families of the victims I thought “That could never happen here”.

In 2014 That happened here.

While I physically wasn’t in Tallahassee and wasn’t among the 300+ students who were studying for finals in Strozier (the library affectionately known as Club Stroz) who had to go through something that no one should ever have to go through, my heart breaks for my Seminole family.

The dorm I lived in freshman year is steps from the library. Many of my classes were in the buildings surrounding the library. Landis Green in front of the library is where many a game of ultimate frisbee, capture the flag and kickball were played, as well as many a book read.

I saw the news of the shooting this morning, and honestly thought it was an ill tasted joke, but as I scrolled down my Facebook news feed, post after post confirmed the reality, and the ugly truth began to set in.  That happened. And it happened at my beloved school. The reality is that something of this nature can happen anywhere, as been seen through tragic events throughout the years in places that were deemed safe. However one still asks: how did that happen here?

FSU is more than a school. It is a home. It is a family. It goes beyond the textbooks and student loans, beyond the football and the rivalries. There are no better words to describe FSU than FSU.

I sit here in my room with my FSU Campus rec t-shirt and FSU shorts and my FSU blanket honestly not know really what I should type, but knowing that something should be typed.

It is time likes these that one thinks of the things that truly matter. The petty argument you had with your brother no longer holds any weight. The 1 point that you need to take your grade point average from a B to an A is no longer worth arguing with your professor about. It is faith and unity that will get the student body and extended family to get past this.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” ~Colossians 3:13-14

One of the icons at FSU is the Unconquered statue and it’s meaning is even more fitting today as it has been in the past.  An inscription on the statue states “This statue does not depict any particular person or event. Rather, it symbolically portrays the unconquered spirit of the Seminole people of the 19th century and the timeless legacy of that spirit that continues to burn bright into the future.”

The legacy of that spirit that continues to burn bright into the future. The Spirit of FSU will continue to burn bright in spite of this tragedy. Today we are all FSU, we are all unconquered, we are all going to get through this.

It is hard to believe but this could have been much worse. God had his hand of protection of the hundreds of students studying merely feet away. I thank God for his mercy and his grace, for the quick response of the FSU and Tallahassee police and for countless things I just cannot seem to put into words.

I realize this post isn’t very eloquent. This post isn’t very put together. This post isn’t what I initially set out to write, I wanted to write so much more, to encourage others, to share my prayers for those on and near campus, but those words did not want to come out and for that I am sorry. This post is what came out.

 We are FSU and we are a Spirit that is not afraid.


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