Monday, September 12, 2011

no pictures, just words.

After an amazing weekend at the beach (more to come on that later) I spent all day Sunday feeling down and sad. I had no idea what was wrong with me except the feeling of sadness that kept surging through me. I wasn’t sure what was wrong at the time and therefore wasn’t able make sense of my unexplained mood swing to the friends I was with (sorry!). Later that night, after my very first photography class (more to come on that later too) I realised what it was… 9/11 in America was approaching and it was hitting me hard. 9/11/01 happen in the United States but was felt all around the world. While the coverage here has been wonderful, I still have that pain in my heart for my homeland. I felt (and still feel today) an overwhelming sadness for what was lost 10 years ago. Lives. Security. Civil Liberties. Homes. Freedom…

Last week while I was listening to the radio on my way to work, they were interviewing a news reporter about a trip she had recently taken to America. She travelled over to find inspirational stories about Americans who were directly impacted by the events of 9/11. She wanted to find stories of triumph and victory; individual accomplishments and achievements that were made due to experiences on that day. Instead, she found broken people who had continued to lose everything as the days, weeks and years passed. People who were still struggling with the reality of what they saw and experienced that day. Men and women who, post 9/11, lost their families, friends, loved ones because they were forever changed in to different people who no longer could cope with daily life. And that is the reality for people all over the world. That day changed, and is still changing, the lives of individuals and groups of people from all nations and corners of the globe.

While many people HAVE triumphed and overcome, many people have not. We must not forget these people.

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