Our Second Day in Infamy

Today America pauses in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. 

It is so hard to believe 15 years have passed since that day which will forever be etched into our memories. A day which we will never forget, no matter how many years pass. 

Last summer, I visited New York for the first time in my life. Before I left, I knew one stop I had to take was to the site of the World Trade Center, where the Twin Towers once stood, where Ground Zero has been transformed, where the Memorial fountains now cascade into the remains and where Freedom Tower extends strongly into the New York sky. 

It was such a sobering, emotional experience. I stood at the edge of the north tower memorial and read the names. I said a prayer for peace. 

Fifteen years ago I was just 2-3 weeks into my freshman year of high school. I didn’t even know what the Twin Towers were. I was in a computer class during the attacks, my first period of the day after homeroom. I was able to watch the news stories as they poured out onto the internet. I saw the images over and over. Over the next few days, my tv at home tried combing through the confusion and sorrow over all of the attacks that day in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.  

None of it made sense. Even still we can’t make sense of it. 

A few years ago I was on the Hawaiian Island, Oahu. During my visit, I went to the site of the Pearl Harbor attacks. I met men who survived and listened to their stories. I took a boat to the Memorial that sits over the USS Arizona. Our first day in Infamy…December 7, 1941. The tears, the death, the sadness. I prayed for peace that day too. 

Survivor Uncle Herb was such a beautiful soul to meet

In the darkest of times, we find things to cling to. In our days of infamy, we saw many examples of unity, strength, resilience and hope when we needed it most. May our love continue to triumph over hate. 

There were many lives lost on September 11, 2001 and we will not ever forget you. For the families, friends, nation that grieves over our loss, may Peace continue to find you and be with you. 

One World Trade Center/Freedom Tower

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I am a Chicago business professional with a passionate love for writing and living life out loud. I created this lifestyle blog to motivate and inspire aspirational individuals who want to live their best version of life without fear. My goal is to empower people all over the world to create lives of joy, success and freedom through personal and professional development. Life moves far too quickly for us not to enjoy the journey. This is to untangling life, love, liberty and the pursuit of peace and happiness. There are many lessons I have learned to embrace when it comes to life, love and work in our culturally rich world. I want to share what I have learned so it can encourage you to live your best version of life. Plus, I'm a social introvert so I am always thinking about things like how to destroy negative stereotypes around being courageous and brave enough to live life to the fullest, sometimes on your own. There is no need for you to wait on someone else in order to live YOUR life! It is exciting and thrilling. You have that level of brave in you no matter your personality type and I dare you to live it out loud! Are you ready to learn how?

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