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Tania is currently the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Hudsucker, and Senior Editor at the Nashville, Tennessee based PopCulture.com. With past writing and editing credits with Womanista, Quietly, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and NBC Newsvine, she is currently a member of Indianapolis based, Society of Professional Journalists — one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists. She is an avid Indianapolis Colts, Elvis Presley and baseball fan as well as a lover of pancakes and fine cheeses, film, and music. Tania is a Hoosier at heart with a passionate wanderlust for always traveling and giving back to those in her community. She is currently studying at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Follow Tania on Twitter: @westlifebunny.

Letter from the Editor: This Moment Is All You’ll Ever Have

Dear Readers,

What took place this past week in Boston was horrendous and truly heartbreaking. We at The Hudsucker extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and community as our thoughts, prayers and love go out to those affected and in the process of healing.

At times I still can’t find words to help fathom or soothe the confusion of such an act of violence. As I make my way through life and grow through the generations, I’m starting to see a thin line between love and war. When that line breaks, everything changes. One moment it’s all normal, and the next our world is turned upside down and it’s that abrupt change and lack of warning which creates such terror as fear of the unknown plagues our existence. As those held responsible for the explosions will soon be brought to justice, I have been thinking of ‘life’ and everything it encompasses.

I was emailing my best friend shortly after the events took place and mentioned how fragile life can be. It got me thinking about everything this life is about, my place in it; and though he lives hundreds of miles away, there is no distance on this planet as far away as yesterday.

Image Credit: Boston Red Sox

Image Credit: Boston Red Sox

With everything that has happened in the city of Boston, and even with the U.S senate rejecting the expansion of background checks on guns, I have come to realize that though this world may be more of a business for those that run it, it is our life and we must show our love now and be strong. This moment is all we’re ever going to have. Everyone’s so worried about how they’re going to feel at the end of their lives, traveling through with decisions, feelings, and thoughts but no one is thinking about now. Living in the ‘now’ scares some into thoughts of rejection or loss but if you live in this moment, at this very minute, that’s where the little joys will take place. You must let those joys guide you to your purpose and meaning, wherever they may lead you. Sometimes it might be a risk to take, but life is inherently risky. The only way to find your true self and what makes you the person you dream to be is in how deep you would allow yourself to dive. Epiphany and contentedness will not be served to you on a platter. In order to attain your goals, you must take the leap, forgive others, kiss slowly, love wholeheartedly, and never ever regret anything that once made you smile.

It takes just a single day to create yourself and make your impression on the world. However, you have to start it the minute you understand what time means. Time is everything and it’s up to you to use that time in the way you have dreamed of, because you’re going to create a great story for yourself. Do what you desire and take good care of those you love, whether they happen to be your friends, family, pets; even being kind to a stranger on the street because we’re all here for each other while keeping an eye on the clock. You might never get that chance again. This is your life and you must be able to do what you love and be able to do it often. Take advantage of the moments you have today and if you don’t like something, make an effort to change. Change is constant, ever evolving and springs from within. You must be the instrument of that change.

Life is actually pretty simple when you open your heart, mind, and soul to new things and people. Just like the people of Boston who showed no fear after the explosions and went out living their lives the next day, it’s up to you to start sharing your love, trust and confidence in people; get immersed in opportunities that only come once. Human beings can be beautiful despite the idiosyncrasies and problems we all face each day of our lives but are united in our differences. Those that have shown their love towards the city of Boston remind us how strong we are when we support one another in whatever way we can. When we work together and rebuild, it shows how weak the enemy is and through our resolve we each contain our own strengths to persevere through hardships.

With the future being unknown, nothing can be taken for granted nor lasts forever except the bonds of love that we create for each other. Through the deepest of depths, we are all capable of giving and receiving love. Everything in life is momentary. All of it will fade except love, and that one exact moment in life where you chose to rise.

Go live your life now. I promise nothing is more worth than today or ever will be. Those are your only moments of truth which define you.


Tania Hussain
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Hudsucker

ETA: About eleven hours after this was published, as of 8:45 P.M. on April 19, 2013, the Boston Police Department announced the remaining suspect was in custody. Well done to the authorities and officials involved in the capture.
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