By Andy Lindberg
My dad and I went up the driveway to the cul-de-sac to played catch.
While not the defining moment of the day, it offered a few brief moments of levity during a day in which I, and almost every other American, witnessed death and destruction on a nearly biblical scale.
“It’s not going to be the same from here on out,” said my dad.
It was true, since September 11 ten years ago, very little about our world as we knew it then has been the same. We live in a world where war no longer has boundaries and the enemy has no uniform. We live in a world where Americans are almost universally disliked, if not hated in certain cases. We live in a world in which fear reigns supreme on the evening news and in many other facets of life.
It was staring at the television at my school, which was never on during a school day, and watching people jump to their deaths from the Twin Towers where time and motion seemed restrained. There was no future at that moment. At 16, I thought had grown as old as I ever would.
It was probably the same feeling those who remember December 7, 1941 felt.
Now 10 years older and 10 years wiser, much has changed in my mind and much has stayed the same. Gone is the feeling of no future, but remaining is the feeling of mortality and trepidation felt back then.
Americans pride themselves on resiliency, and this tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 arrives at a time where Americans need to be at their most resilient with a severe financial crisis and both primary political parties bickering incessantly, both issues with no end in sight.
Playing catch with my dad brought about a feeling of unity with him, as both of us stood trying in vain to sort through the events of the day, doing anything we could to hold onto some feeling of normalcy.
If we can hold onto anything this weekend, remember the unity we all share as Americans and as human beings. Remember tomorrow is not promised to us today, and that living a life with anger and disdain in your heart is a waste of precious time. Go out, smile, and enjoy yourself on this day and in all days forward. It’s the last thing those who desire to hurt us want.