Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Reflection on 9/11

It's strange, really. The passage of time relentlessly dulls down our pain and bad memories.

Today is the twelfth anniversary of 9/11. Granted, the real anniversary will start an hour or so after this post goes live.

But right now, I'm sort of wondering, because it's 10 hours and 30 minutes into my day and I've come across only a single mention of it. There wasn't even mention of it on the news.

Maybe the US is still sleeping. I'm not sure how the time zones work at the moment. But the rest of the world isn't talking about it. Up until last year, 9/11 took over the Twitter trends. Everyone posted memorials and thoughts on it. Maybe there are many posts up that I just haven't seen.

It's just... I don't know. Quieter. Less raw. As if the gaping open wound has finally scarred over.

And although I feel sad for the people who lost loved ones on that day, I think this change is a good thing.

The scars remain, but the pain isn't as intense.

We've wept. We've grieved. We've mourned. We've learnt.

We've all been irrecoverably changed by the attacks.

But we didn't lose. 

We didn't bend under the immense damage a few insane people wrought.

We're getting back on our feet.

In a quiet way, I'm actually very proud of us.

Still, I just want to remember those who lost their lives and loved ones on 9/11. May you never be forgotten.


Mark Koopmans said...


I think it's a combination of time zones and the "twelfth" anniversary... it's not as "cool" as a 20th for example.

I have seen several awesome posts, though, including Keith's over at

We *shall* never forget.



Julie Luek said...

There have been amazing blogs, FB posts and Tweets. I'm so glad the day is not forgotten. When we forget the tragedy, we tend to forget the lessons we need to learn. Thanks for the reminder, Misha.

Stephen Tremp said...

A very nice tribute to the victims of 9-11. One day we'll go to NY for a vacation and stop by the memorial. The kids really need to see that. We'll wait for the museum to open first.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This was a wonderful wonderful tribute. Such a surreal day. I am now following :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Great post and lovely tribute. That day will be forever seared in my memory.

randi lee said...

Extremely well written post, Misha. Probably the best one I've read (from anyone) in a while.