In an odd way, I chuckle at the fact that this is the only image I have of the twin towers, both of which have since fallen on this day 11 years ago. To me, they were never the World Trade Center. They were simply the twin towers. It’s just how we knew them to be.
I took it with the very first digital camera that I owned, the Fuji MX-1700. It sported a whopping 1.5 megapixel sensor. But you know what? It did the job in helping me preserve the one and only visual keepsake that I’ll ever have of them.
You see, I have no good reason for never having photographed these buildings other than I simply took them for granted. I think this is something that rings far too clearly for a lot of us. Growing up in Brooklyn, I could see these two buildings looming in the distance from the porch of my house. I saw them every single day and always thought, ” man, those are two ugly buildings. ” I have no doubt that I wasn’t the only one who thought that at the time. Probably right up until two airplanes collided into them.
I have a very strict and straightforward policy of never opining about politics or religion in any of my social media channels. It’s not that I don’t have my views or opinions. It’s just that I don’t think any of us need yet another log being tossed into the smoldering flames. This isn’t just a sad day for America – it scarred this planet in every single way. And it continues to be scarred.
But, it also continues to be healed. Every. Single. Day. There is no utopia just like there is no dystopia. There is simply this world that we have. It is good and bad. It is both fantastical at times and unbearable at times. But, it is ours and we should never choose to take it for granted.
And so today I turn my thoughts to everyone who is here now, who was here and who will be here. This is, and will always be, a milestone day for all of us. And like all milestones, it’s up to the individual to decide how meaningful it is.