Fears and Freedom

It looked like it was happening again.

As I was heading to work this morning, the news was on in the lobby of my building.  A few people were standing in silence watching a burning World Trade Center. It’s never easy to watch, although I also find it hard to look away. I stared at the television and felt that same confusion I did 14 years ago as a student in High School. The second plane hits the South Tower. While we now know what was happening…it’s still hard for me to wrap my head around why it happened.

Last year I was in New York City on 9/11.

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It was a suitably gloomy day. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have anxiety about being there on the 13th anniversary of the attacks. It’s the type of anxiety many Americans still feel every single day since that day in 2001.

I remember visiting NYC as a kid on vacation with my family on two occasions prior to 2001. Taking in the Manhattan skyline just isn’t the same. Even as a child I knew those towers were special and I can’t imagine the void people who saw them everyday feel.

Freedom Tower is beautiful. I hope some day we really will be free from the fears created that day 14 years ago. But forgetting isn’t easy and in this case, we shouldn’t forget.

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