It has been 10 years since 9/11. Can you believe that? 10 years. While I thankfully was not personally affected by 9/11 the way so many others were, I still remember that day.
I was getting dressed in the morning. I was running around as I usually am trying to get out the door for a morning class when I randomly turned on the television. The devastating news was on every channel and I remember falling to the ground and just sitting there with my mouth wide open. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. How is there a plane sticking out of a tower? How did this happen? I remember just sitting for a long time and staring at the television, missing one class after another. All of the images and then the story of the last plane and how it crashed before hitting it’s intended target was just so much to take in. I immediately thought of my family and could not imagine what it was like for the families of those in the planes or the buildings. 9/11 is really our generation’s Kennedy assassination, an event that will forever be burned in our memory for better or for worse.
I recently read an article in Vogue about a woman who survived the attack. It was her account of the day and her journey to recuperate physically, mentally and emotionally in the aftermath. Her story is amazing because it all came down to timing. If she had not been late that morning because of an argument with her husband, things would have been much different. Everything we do affects what is to come not just for ourselves, but those around us. We are all connected and now even more so than before. What happens in one part of the world affects us all. Our lives are all intertwined and so our fates as well. 9/11 is a reminder of not only those that were lost, but those that remain. We should remember, but we should also look forward to making our lives and the lives of those around us better. As the saying by Ralph Waldo Emerson goes, “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
On this 10-year anniversary, my heart goes out to the families of those who were lost on 9/11. May we remember them well and the success they had, and work to achieve our own success to leave this world a better place.