It was early in the morning on September 11, 2001 just like any other day.
My family and some friends were taking our annual vacation in Destin Florida, and were staying in condos on the beach.
My parents were still in bed, so I was one of the few people awake. Sitting on the couch downstairs eating cereal for breakfast (my favorite food ever), just casually watching TV.
One of our friends bursts through the patio door and said “Turn on the news”. I was like okay, and thinking what’s the big deal.
On every news channel they were showing images of a plane hitting one of the World Trade Centers. I didn’t even know what the Twin Towers were, and to be honest I thought the plane was just a random crash/accident (as did most of the reporters).
After a few minutes of coverage, and me trying to make sense of it all, BAM! I watched the second plane crash into the building LIVE. I was so confused. What. was. happening? A terrorist attack, from who?
It was a life changing event for me and for Americans across the nation. I’ll never forget how much the attitude and atmosphere of the trip changed.
For the rest of the “vacation” the adults spent the majority of the time watching the news and listening to updates. We ended up having to stay a little longer in Florida just because of the travel uncertainty.
Not only did the daily lives of my family and friends change, but anywhere we went Americans were uniting. Joining efforts and supporting each other, which is probably one of the few positives that came from this catastrophic event.
I definitely think about my life and the economy more carefully now, but with the knowledge that something can happen any day, at any time that can change our lives completely. I am much more thankful and appreciative for the opportunity to live in this great country.
Where were you when 9-11 occurred? How has it changed your life?
Photo Credit: Ethan Prater