Hurricane Sandy has really hit home for me in this faraway spot. With so many friends, students, and family members up and down the East Coast, since the first news of Sandy hit, I've been worrying about who is safe, who has power, and what this storm will do to so many people that I love.
Well, Sandy hit, and sure hit hard (understatement). And listening to the stories and looking at footage it's devastating. To talk to friends that have just completely lost everything, I'm heartbroken for them. And then to see snow coming and to know so many still don't have power. I feel helpless and powerless when so much help and aid and support is needed.
Trust in the power of prayer.
A friend of a close friend of mine wrote this article about Sandy: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/booming/sandy-the-night-the-dune-failed-long-beach.html
In the middle of such disaster and the feeling lost, but hopeful that my aid of prayers can do something and bring some light to a dark time for others, I came across another article about bikes. Obvi, peaks my interest to read about bikes. I'm happiest when I'm on my bike. In fact, the other day as I rode home from one of the worst days of school and I was venting in my mind, I apparently still had a huge smile on my face, because as I rode past a girl walking on the path she said, "That's the biggest smile I've ever seen."
Anyways, sorry for the digression, but bikes just really are the best. They bring happiness and joy. They help the environment. They protect, promote health, and bring love. They can also help. What an amazing group of people to use bikes to help the hurricane victims.
"I was struck again by the power of the bicycle. It is a machine that is uniquely able to leverage and amplify human effort. . . The humble work of individual people, harnessed to simple mechanisms, can gain strength exponentially. And move a city forward."