Like many of us, I remember exactly where I was, what I saw, who I was with, and exactly how I felt 12 years ago today. I was old enough to know what was going on, but just young enough to fail to truly grasp the magnitude of what had happened that day. I was pretty smart and mature for a sophomore in high school (if I may say so myself), but I can honestly say I did not and could not comprehend the events that occurred. I remember the looks of fear, terror, and sadness in the adults around me that day. I was in Junior ROTC shortly after hearing the news, and the looks on the faces of our retired Air Force instructors are forever engraved in my mind. My school was close to an Air Force base, so I remember thinking my area was a sure target should this go any further. I was fearful that day and the days after.
As the years have passed, I remember all of this and I am again saddened. As an adult, as a parent, I am saddened by what I can remember, saddened knowing that families were broken and dreams were shattered that day. 9/11 was a wake up call to all of us that everything in this world can change in an instant. What would you do if your spouse didn’t come home today? What would you tell your children? How would your children continue growing without their parents? 9/11 made us remember not to take life for granted, yet many of us still do.
Every day is not promised, and many of us fail to recognize this. In those days where I wasn’t sure if Braxton would survive, I was again reminded that we should not take life for granted. Every day Braxton reminds me to be thankful for the days we are given because you never know when they will be taken away. He is proof, that life can be full of joy despite the obstacles we face.
So today, do not be be somber. Choose not to live a life of fear. Instead, be happy, be thankful, be fearless. Fearless is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to look fear in the eye and choose not to succumb. Be strong, be brave, be courageous. Use your words and your actions to fight evil. In the battle of good vs evil, good must prevail. So DO SOMETHING good today!
Today, we remember the fallen and honor their legacy. We thank the first responders, and the men & women (past, present, and future) who fight for our freedom. Today, we choose to be joyful and thankful for this precious life that we have been given. Today, and every day, we will DO good so that evil cannot prevail.