No matter how many years go by, this day serves as a reminder that we must live every day to its fullest.
September 11, 2001.
The day that changed our lives forever.
These images (and others from that day) evoke an angst in me like nothing else can.
Finding the right words to express the emotional roller coaster inside me seems impossible; and yet, perhaps necessary to slowly close the wound that never has completely healed.
Please allow me to set these thoughts down in pieces rather than in prose. Connecting them now, even after all these years, is just too much.
Freedom. Blue skies. Deep breaths. Safe. Secure. Protected. Comfortable. Good. Hope. Everyday life. Normal.
Shock. Disbelief. Chaos. Turmoil. Horror. Evil. Fear. Anger. Despair. Death. Grief. Hurt. Silence. Broken.
Tears. Sadness. Unity. Compassion. Pride. Patriotism. Faith. Love. Strength. Determination. Survival. Heart.
Change. Suspicion. Distrust. Anxiety. Blame. Unrest. War. Discovery. Justice.
Contemplation. Acceptance. Remembrance. Rebirth. Awareness. Guarded. Changed. Never Forget. Still Free.
With deep admiration and appreciation for those who protect us every day,