Amy Poehler's Message: "It's Okay to Know What You're Ready to See"

Amy Poehler's Message:

Reaching out to help young fans cope with the terrible events of this past week, Amy Poehler used her “Ask Amy” YouTube series in a more serious way on Thursday (April 18).

Responding to a question from 16-year-old Millie who wants to “spread better messages” rather than looking at negative videos with her friends, the “Parks and Recreation” star addressed the question of what should we be looking at.

The 41-year-old funny lady began, “In light of recent events, …I”ve been looking at photographs that have been really hard to take and I”ve been thinking about what these images do to our brains or our heart and how we should look at them, and when we should look at them.”

She continued on about the balance between wanting to know the story and not using images and pictures as a way of “superficially connecting to something.”

Frustrated with the recent bombardment of these photos, the mother-of-two says, “I wonder if we could soften our hearts, our minds, and our eyes. I wonder if we could give our eyes a break. Maybe try to see things in a different way, maybe see things by reading about them or talking about them or listening. I dont know, I kinda feel like my eyes need a break, dont you And if you do, then I guess my encouragement to you and to myself would be to take it. Its okay to not be looking at what everyone else is looking at all of the time, to know what youre ready to see and not see, and to be okay with letting some things rest in peace. Concluding with the title of the episode, Amy stated, “I love you, Boston.”