I woke up this morning saddened still about my ankle. I was also sad about my current career situation. I also lamented about the fact that I had a dream last night of running four miles. In my dream I was so excited to get to mile two I actually felt myself smiling in my sleep.
On my drive to work I listened to my beloved Friday booty mix and only half smiled through it, I was so preoccupied with my suffering.
As usual, I got to work and went to reading the news online. The headline I first saw was:
Ceremonies to honor September 11 victims
“Oh my God,” I thought. “How could I have forgotten?”
In my selfish pity party this morning I had forgotten it was September 11. As the child of a Vietnam Vet and extremely proud American, I felt ashamed. These people lost their lives and I am worrying about things that seem so small in comparison. Sure, it’s OK to worry about these things, but not today.
Today, let’s remember the fallen.
Let’s remember those who can’t walk or run marathons because they risked their lives helping others get to safety.
Let’s remember those who lost their lives just going about their normal days, being productive citizens of this great nation.
Let’s remember those whose loved ones were taken so quickly and needlessly.
Let’s remember how carefree we were before this day and how those monsters destroyed a sense of security we had known.
Let’s remember this world is bigger than we are and our own suffering may come and go, but September 11, 2001, is a day we should never, never forget.
Puts it all in perspective…
Awesome perspective! Thanks….
so true, and all great points.
Thank you for that post……so true!
Excellent way to give yourself and the rest of us a reality check. Never forget.
Yep, I found myself remembering where I was at the exact moment. Definitely a life altering day.
Thanks for the post. As a NYer through and through, it's still difficult for us locals to see a huge ditch where two great towers once stood.
Well said. I will never forget.
Well said B.o.B.
Agreed! Thanks for posting this.
Thanks for a good dose of perspective.
Great post B.O.B!! Well said!
Thanks for the post. Everyone has different experiences of that day and how the world changed.
I had a 10am meeting scheduled that day at the trade center. I started my day at my NJ office across the river. I experienced a lot that day and the days/weeks/months following.
Some of it I'd like to forget but I doubt I ever will. Some of it I need to remember and hope I always will. I'm sure I'm not alone in this hope.
Thanks for this post. This day will never be forgotten
Nice post. And I hate those running dreams that don't come true…
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Well said, my dear.
Excellent post. You said it perfectly.
Couldn't have said it better myself. Awesome post. I will always remember where and what I was doing that day.
I don't even have anything funny to say. We tend to take so many things for granted, and your post puts it in perspective. Life can change in an instant but when something tragic happens that is from no fault of our own or doing the normal, everyday, things we love to do or have to do, it's difficult to comprehend when life is taken so senselessly.
Tribute to your dad also, B.o.B. who fought for freedom!
Well put. Coming from someone who was across the street, and lived in the city in the weeks and months after, the experience is impossible to forget.
I had forgotten until way too late in the day for me to find it acceptable.
Your morning sounded a lot like mine, minus the ankle situation, but the sad attitude nonetheless, thank you for the great perspective. Love this Beth!
I'll never forget how I went to bed that night for the first time in my life worried about things that I couldn't control. I remember worrying and not feeling safe. Good post for today.
It's weird isn't it? The way we have to carry on…I too kept forgetting today and I feel bad.
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Excellent post, B.o.B.
Excellent and thoughtful. Bravo B.o.B.
It happened to me too. I didn't remember until a few hours after I got up and I felt awful about it!
great points and very well put. thanks for putting that out there!