Will going to the movies ever be the same?

Colorado theater shooting“Our hearts are broken,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow…Coloradans have a remarkable ability to support one another in times of crisis. This is one of those times.”

How does one make sense out of yesterday’s traumatic event in a Aurora Colorado movie theatre? I think, no matter what they ever uncover about James Holmes, his rampage on innocent movie goers will never make any sense.

So now, do you find yourself giving a second thought to going to the movies? After Columbine, were kids afraid to go to school? After 9/11 how did you feel about flying?

The mental health counselors/psychologists say “rather than live in fear, you need to move on living your life.” Everyone deals with it in a different way. There is no right or wrong. As time passes, we do move on, but we don’t forget. In memory of those who lost their lives and in respect for their families and loved ones, the citizens of Colorado pull together.

My heartfelt thoughts go out to the families who lost their loved ones yesterday along with healing energy for those injured. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories you hold and gain strength from the support of your fellow family members, friends and the neighboring communities that embrace you – and wrap their arms around you – during this difficult time.

What can you do?

Here are six things you can consider:

  1. Turn to someone you love or call them and let them know how much you care.
  2. Consider a random act of kindness for someone who crosses your path today.
  3. Write a message to express your condolences on Colorado’s 9News’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ilike9news
  4. Give blood at Bonfils Blood Center, call (303) 366 2000 or visit http:bonfils.org
  5. Make a donation at http://igivefirst.org
  6. Call (303) 698 0999 to speak with a mental health counselor if you’re in Colorado and want help dealing with your feelings.

Will going to the movies – or any public event – ever be the same for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Debra Jason

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A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. The sad truth is, it has been a long time since I believed that any public gathering was a place of safety. I often find myself making a quick check of emergency exits or keeping an eye on the person who seems to be behaving oddly. It the risk (no matter how small) of a crowd these days, that it could be a target, and it’s heart-breaking to know that truth. And now there’s just one more specific type of gathering to have in the back of our heads as potentially dangerous.

    So, no, going to the movies probably won’t ever be the same. But it also probably won’t be all that different, either.
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    • Cheri, it is sad that no place feels totally safe to you any more. And, that we may all be “looking over our shoulders,” concerned about anything that’s the least bit suspicious.
      I hope you’ll continue to seek the good in most people as I think that when things like this happen, communities rally to help one another. And, we discover there are many souls who are kind and giving around us. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. ~Debra

  2. So sorry for all Americans for this happening.

    It is hard for an Australian to understand this scale of tragedy as we have strict gun laws here.

    I pray for the victims that died for no reason at all, and the families left behind.

    So sad.

    Peter Mead
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    • Peter, no matter where one lives, I don’t know that anyone can ever understand what makes a person do such a thing.
      While our deepest sympathies go out to the families & loved ones of those who died, our hearts also break for those who were injured and even those who were not yet experienced this trauma first hand and will live with this in their memories. Here’s to the healing process.
      Thank you for sending your prayers across the miles. ~Debra

  3. What happened in Aurora was like something you see in a horror film. It was surreal…so it’s no wonder many people there thought it was part of the show. These types of things are becoming TOO commonplace, aren’t they? It makes you wonder if there is something in the air or water that makes people commit such unspeakable acts.

    I, for one, refuse to live in fear. To think twice about going to see a movie because a maniac in Colorado decided to harm and kill innocent people would be giving him a small victory, don’t you think? That’s the type of reaction this murderer wants.
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    • @Angie, we certainly don’t want James Holmes to feel victorious, but who knows what thoughts are going through his mind. As I wrote, and the mental health specialists advise, we do have to move on with our lives and can’t live in fear. If we did, none of us would ever leave our homes.
      Here’s to brighter days ahead. Thanks for sharing your perspective. ~Debra

  4. I haven’t been touched by an experience like this and I don’t know what my reaction would be in such a situation. But one thing I’m sure of is that the people directly or indirectly would not want people to be afraid of living their lives. I pray this person is held responsible for his actions and the victims & families can heal and have good lives.

    • Hi @Shawn. Even those of us in Colorado who didn’t know anyone that was at the movie theater that night, still felt the effects of this horrendous event. Many of have come together to pay their respects and support the injured and the families who lost their loved ones. The healing process will probably be a long one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. ~Debra

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