In the context of a conversation overheard recently, one native New Yorker recently said that 9/11 had already been forgotten. And another replied, 'After all, it's already been 12 years, what do you expect?' Just another date to memorize in schools.
Today is not about remembering 9/11. Today, like every day, is about living the best life we can live because of what’s happened on those dates. It’s the reminder that life as we know it, anywhere, can end in an instant. Lighting candles in remembrance, holding ceremonies, holding close to the people we love cannot be limited to this one day.
The only way in which 9/11, Pearl Harbor, World Wars and any tragedies can be well and truly remembered is through the daily celebration of life; not just in celebration of birthdays and anniversaries but in every day, keeping to the continued belief that even when times are hard, that your life is a gift, and not limitless. Time is spent. Spend yours well. Remember, yes. But if you want to honor those who have died, seize the opportunity of your own life every day.