Today. 16 years ago. I'm sure the majority of you remember that day as vividly as I do. It was just another 8th grade morning, getting ready before my dad took me to school, but this one was different. I remember my mom calling us from work to tell us what had happened in NYC. I headed to school, and remember basically staring at a watching replays of the terrifying videos on loop. I could feel how much impact that day had on so many people, but the beauty of our country coming together in a time of need was insurmountable.
When I went to NYC for the first time back in May of this year I knew we had to go to Ground Zero. I can't even explain the feelings that experience evoked, being right where the events of that day happened. I didn't really take any pictures, I just took it all in. After that experience, I felt a new connection to the city. One of the days my mom and I walked in the rain from our hotel through Times Square to a theater to see a show, linked arms under a huge umbrella. My dad is no longer with us, but I know how much he would have loved experiencing the city with us, (probably sans umbrella though). Him and I used to celebrate every rainstorm we ever experienced together, running outside with smiles on our faces, so that simple moment in Times Square (a moment some may have been irritated by) was one that brought me immense joy.
There is a whole lot going on in this world as of late. We literally have no clue how much time we've got left or what tomorrow will bring, so let's learn to find the beauty in every day and work together as so many people did after the events of today 16 years ago.
I CHALLENGE YOU Give compliments, smile at a stranger, hug a little longer, steal that extra kiss, take that trip, order dessert. Do whatever brings you joy and find joy in simple moments.
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