The world has changed. More for some than for others, but it has, undeniably,changed.
A lot of people in America are in fear for their lives and for their safety. I hear it from the posts and comments from my Facebook feed and that fear is palpable and justified. I wish I could tell my American friends that it will all be okay, but I can’t because it probably won’t. At some point, for everybody… maybe one or two at a time, maybe all at once… things will go south.
The only thing I can do is offer a version of the same advice that I give my daughter. She lives in a larger city far from me and I do my best to give her good advice for staying safe, because when things go south they will go south alarmingly fast. A situation can go from moderately okay to absolutely fucked before you even know it.
Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you know where the exits are. If you can, scope out an escape route and keep it in your mind.
Keep a bag packed under your bed or somewhere you can grab it fast. Always have money for a bus or cab or a Greyhound handy. Keep it hidden if you can.
I’m not being alarmist. This is simple caution.
Be safe. Watch your six.