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10 Years Ago Today


Ten years ago today, on September 11, 2001, I was in college and naive.  I was in my apartment preparing to go to one of my classes and turned on the the t.v. to see that a plane had crashed into the first World Trade Center. I immediately started trying to call my sister who was then living in New York City working at a non-profit agency at the World Trade Center. No answer. I kept trying desperately to reach her, hoping that she was in that building, wondering where she was and if she was ok.

I was sitting there, glued to the t.v. , watching the horrific event unfold and desperately trying to find out about my sister, scared as to where she may be. At that time, it was the most terrifying, emotional moment of my life. Up until then my life had been mundane and monotonous.

My sister was finally able to get through to us later that afternoon. She was running late for work and got stuck in a subway when it happened. She was stuck for hours underground. At that time, it was the most terrifying moment in her life. Who knew that we’d both experience worse.

My sister was lucky and was spared that day. She could have been on time for work and who knows what would have happened to her? After that horrific event, she made it a point to live her life to the fullest, no doubt thinking that day could have been her last. I guess it wasn’t her time.

God gave her almost 10 more years. 10 years for her to meet her husband, travel the world and live her dreams. 10 years of pure happiness and at the end pure hell. Because as her 10th year was coming around, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. It wasn’t her time then, and maybe because she hadn’t lived her life, lived out her dreams yet. She had so many, but in that 10 years that she was given, she accomplished many of them. She was given some time to live most of them out and for that I am thankful. As for the rest of her dreams, they have now become my dreams and I am doing everything I can to live them out for her.

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