As I sit at my computer getting ready for vacation, and planning out a fun early morning shoot – I check the time on my laptop and stare at the date it’s about to be. September 11tha – day in my life that I will never forget. This is our generations Pearl Harbor – a day that in burned into our lives. We remember sitting in school watching the TV and waiting – waiting to know more, waiting to hear if friends have heard from their loved ones. Just waiting ….
Two of my sisters and I went to New York City last year, when we visited the Memorial my heart was heavy the whole time while waiting in line. It was a strange feeling while walking through the line – it was so quiet it was eerie. You could just tell that the day was being relived by so many at that moment. And as soon as I walked past the fence every emotion was all over the place. I wanted to cry and hug all those who were crying. My whole body felt heavy looking into that the pool of water, feeling all the names on the wall, walking around and looking at the surrounding buildings. It is really hard to put into words the exact feelings.
It is hard to believe that decades have gone by since the attacks, there have been many different ways it has been reflected on. Some with speculation, science, and religion. But one thing has stuck in my mind is :
“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Hold your loved ones a little closer today – remember that kindness goes a long way. Hate is not the way to fix or make things better.