The past is remembered. Live in the moment. The future is in you.
-Mike Caceres, who is a blogger, hiker, and traveler
16 years later, we remember 9/11/2001.
Terrorists attacked America. Many people died. (Long story, short. Google the rest of the 9/11 story. Sorry, I did not mean to quickly cut it off.)
Where were you when it happened on Tuesday, September 11, 2001?
I was asleep in bed. My clock alarm went off at 7:15am PT. Why, so? I am getting ready for school. (My school started at 8.)
Was your alarm clock a beeping sound? No, it was set as radio music. Apparently, I woke up from hearing news (not music) about terrorist attacks. I switched different FM stations, and every station was talking about it.
I was extremely shocked. I heard something like, "A plane was hijacked, and crashed into a tall building. Many people are dead. Most people are nowhere to be found."
I could not believe it. It was very difficult to believe. I thought I was in a nightmare, but it was actually happening.
What happened next? I jumped out of my bed, and ran to the TV. Then, I saw my sister flipping every channel. Every channel had news talking about the attack.
My sister and I were speechless. Time was very slow. Obviously, we were hugely distracted by its news. Mom was speechless as well.
Yes, my sister and I went to school. We were a few minutes late. From there, I cannot remember anything else happening throughout my day.
I could not fully understand 9/11. Why, so? I was only 14 years old. Did I cry? I did not. At this time, I have never ever heard anything tragic like this.
Why come you did not cry? Honestly, none of my relatives and friends died from this tragic event. (Call myself selfish, then.) Obviously, what is the hardest part in life? Losing a loved one. At this time, I have not experienced this yet.
At that time, what did you think of 9/11?
The world is not perfect. I had no idea that people tremendously hated each other to the point, where killing is involved. I was clueless. I kept asking myself many questions, "Does killing people go anywhere? Is killing people the answer? Does it give power?"
My 14 year old self was curious, and I asked myself, "What is life, then?"
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