Woke up and saw the news about Las Vegas. The first picture I saw was of the shooter, holding a shot glass. Many of the subsequent photos have been zoomed in and you don't see the shot glass. Not sure why but perhaps because of the companion that had to be blurred out in the photo. We may never know what, if any, role that alcohol played in his actions......but it certainly made me sit up when I saw that photo.
It just made me think how grateful I am that I became aware of my drinking behavior and have been on a journey to acknowledge it and change my habits surrounding drinking. Granted, some people just "lose" it, but there are also so many stories of people "losing" it strictly due to alcohol. Doing things, saying things they regret.
I'm sure many of us have had moments where we got into fights (verbally or physically) with others, or know others who have done the same or have just done something really embarrassing that never would have happened without alcohol......people who feel intense shame the next day and aren't generally people you would think as folks who would just snap.
None of us really know what we are capable of, we don't really know what the person next to us is capable of. But we certainly don't need to be taking substances in quantities that could cause us to become unglued. With every sip, the risk really is there, for anyone who has trouble moderating. Do we really want to continue taking such a risk????
Hugs to all in Vegas. The concert was on a Sunday night, possibly having many more locals attend than on a Friday or Saturday night. A hard hit to the community that surrounds the tourism industry. :-(