How 9/11 Has Changed My Life

Yahoo! is asking Americans how September 11 changed them. Below is an account from a reader.

I recall September 11, 2001 as if it just happened yesterday. I can feel the warmth of the sun that was shining beautifully on New York City that morning; it was setting up to be a perfect day on my first trip to the city when I heard my friend banging on the hotel door and yelling frantically to come out on the balcony. I walked to see the one of the towers burning, it was very surreal. We stood in awe trying to figure out what was going on when we saw a low flying plane getting closer and closer to the WTC; then we watched in horror as the plane hit the 2nd tower. We grabbed our things and started the tedious process of trying to get out of the city. I remember the peoples’ faces as they walked away from the area…it was shock, fear, horror, and confusion. The one event that haunts me still today is the sound of the towers as they began to give way to a cloud of dust that seemed to cling onto every surface. The shear number of people that perished caused an overwhelming sadness and fear at that moment.

This was the moment my life changed. I was only in my early 20s at that time and took life for granted as many young adults do. Life was a party and we were invincible, or so we thought. I grew up instantly that day realizing just how precious life really is and what little time we all actually have here on earth. It put death into a new perspective for me and from that moment forward I have tried to live life like everyday could be my last. I never forget to tell my husband or my girls that I love them everyday, especially before they walk out the door. My friend that was with me regretfully died a couple years later from his own actions; he was never the same after our short trip to NYC. Every September I remember what I saw, heard, felt, smelled….I remember my friend….I remember how my life changed that beautiful September morning. I will never be the same.

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