Sunday, 11 September 2011

Heroes of Today

Ten years ago our world changed forever. Our city, our country, our home was attacked by a ruthless enemy.

I don't plan to use this blog to tell you about my personal account of the day, as I was one of the few fortunate not to lose a mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, husband, wife or friend. Although I was just a few miles away, I feel it would be selfish and indulgent to do so. And we all have our story. I have yet to meet someone who, when September 11 comes up in conversation, doesn't remember exactly where they were the exact moments when the planes hit and the towers fell.

On September 11, 2001, we saw ordinary people transform into heroes. We experienced the worst of humanity but were exalted by the best. We saw a country and a world unite, and we became a part of history.

Today is not about my 9/11 story. It is about honoring those fallen, those hero's, those families and friends left behind to grieve and remember. It is about the lesson's we have learned from that momentous day.

Today of all day's, I am reminded of my mortality; of my loved ones mortality. I am humbled by just how precious life is; and that in an instant it can be taken from any one of us. It is therefore our job to live each moment to the fullest, to let those you love know how much you love them- EVERYDAY, not just holidays; to follow our dreams and not settle for anything less; to make sure that we are really LIVING life, not just going through the motions.

I need these reminders just as much as anyone else. I am guilty of falling into the occasional slump and taking things for granted. However, we need days like today to knock us off our comfort wagon and remember the fragility, the value, the fun and fortune of our lives. These are the exact things that terrorists try to take away from us. So when we do this, we have not only won our own battles, but we honor the heroes of 10 years ago by being one today.

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Till later,
Meghan x

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