The Day That Scarred Me

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” – Sandy Dahl, wife of pilot of Flight 93 Jason Dahl

I wasn’t going to write a blog posting about this day, but something inside me said “just do it”. Each and every September 11th since 2001, I have been affected by the events that had transpired. There are only a few defining events in my life that I can remember like they are happening right now, this is one of them. I can still feel the fear, the uncertainty, the sadness, the curiosity and the overwhelming simultaneous feeling of both hatred and pride towards humanity.

September 11th, 2001. The day that scarred me.

Some people have moved on and probably have never given it a second thought, time has dulled the memory. Some people believe that the events of that day were staged or that we should just move on from it. To me, this is the one event that has me thinking of what life was probably like when the world was at war. A time when we were never quite sure if tomorrow would come. A time when humanity bound together to lick our wounds. I will never forget the hospitality that was offered to those who were displaced while the world tried to figure out just what the hell had happened. On top of all the good, I am still trying to forget the hatred that brought about that horrific day, but I struggle.

September 11th, 2001. I will remember how my worldly innocence and naivety was lost.

I will never forget the people who were going about their normal lives, only to be obliterated by hatred. I will never forget the people who faced the aftermath head on but did not get to return home that night because they were “just doing their jobs”. This day reminds me that on any given day, I may never have the chance to say goodbye or “I love you” again to those I love. 2,977 people that day -because of their circumstance- did not get that last chance.

September 11th, 2001. I realized that life is very fragile.

I will never forget.

876 / 1000 KMs walked | 40 / 50 blog posts | 15 / 10 books read

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