September 11 is one of those days for many people.
It’s corny and dramatic to say that 9-11-01 changed us all forever. To me, being “changed forever” implies that every single day is different because of what happened on a particular day in the past. These are the days we didn’t see coming except as routine dates on the calendar. But then something unexpected happened to shift your world into A New Normal.
If you lost a parent, spouse, best friend, sibling, or child on 9-11, your life changed forever. If you suffered a chronic malady – either physical or mental – on 9-11 then every day is now different.
Some of my Life-Changed-Forever Days are:
- July 8, 1956
- April 8, 1984
- September 17, 1986
- September 16, 1988
- May 1, 2010
What about you?
I remember 9-11-01 very well. It changed my life in that my heart still feels knotted up when I hear the old news accounts of that day. But my trauma is nothing compared to others.
Today, let’s remember the survivors, the still-grieving, the Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families, the families of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, and all for whom this day is very personal. Praying for peace with all of you today. And may we treasure our special days – even the very hard ones.