On this day, thirteen years ago, our lives were forever changed. That day began like any other day, yet quickly became a day that shifted our ways of thinking about life, evil, and the idealistic notion of safety. The reports were shocking and the footage was horrifying. We all watched the terror unfold with a sense of helplessness. We couldn’t do anything to press pause on this horror film, and all we could do was watch. The numbers “911” have never sounded the same ever since that fateful day.
September 11th is the worst day of the year for me, and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. That day is where far too many lives came abruptly to an end.
Evil manifested itself and scarred us all.
We learned that hate has the power to lead people to do unspeakable things. We learned that this world isn’t always a nice place to call home. As those towers collapsed to the ground, so did our sense of safety.
We learned a lot of bad things, but we also learned some pretty incredible things.
We all witnessed an entire nation come together as one and vow to love, pray, and help those that needed it most.
People from all over the world stopped their lives to go to New York City to do whatever they could to help. In the subsequent months after 9/11, selfless acts were as common as copper pennies. Evil can do some things, but love can do greater things.
We also were given the privilege of witnessing the word “hero” be redefined. I, being a middle school student, hadn’t truly known what a hero was, but I found out that day. Fire fighters courageously ascended to the top of those burning towers to rescue people, even when they knew that the towers were likely to collapse soon. These men and women redefined the word “hero” with each step they took up those stairs. They just couldn’t give up on those people, even if it meant giving up their lives in the process.
That day showed us the heroic nature of our fire fighters and law enforcement.
There is no beating around the bush, september 11th is a day of mourning. For thousands of people, that day was the day their parent, their spouse, their sibling, their relative, their friend . . . was taken away from them. These people needed us then, and they need us now. They need our prayers, they need our love, and they need to be warmly embraced.
Lastly, allow today to be a day where you’re reminded of the hurting of those around you. We tend to be self-centered by only dwelling on our own suffering, but we’re not the only one’s suffering.
The common thread running through all of humanity is the thread of suffering.
We all have been beaten and bruised by her. Therefore, this is why we should show love to everyone we come into contact with. A simple smile, an effortless helping hand, or even buying someone lunch can have a profound impact on someone’s day. You never know how much a simple act of kindness can have on someone.
Those heroes showed us what a hero is truly like. And let us honor them by reflecting their selfless acts to those within our own cities.
Let us rush to the needs of others, just like they rushed up those stairs.
Be a hero to someone.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims & heroes.