I do not ignore it, and I most definitely don’t forget the heartache. Grief leaves a mark that never goes away. It becomes part of your soul, and you learn to accept and live with it.
I have lived through my own heartache and grief. I have witnessed and helped my loved ones do the same. And I have mourned the national and global horrors without shame.
There is a time to mourn; Grieve the losses and the scars. There is also a time to rise up and keeping moving.
On this day of remembering, I encourage us to respect those who are still grieving, in whatever way they have to. Show them love and patience and strength.
Today is a day to stand together, in silence. Today is a day to bear the scars openly, without shame, so we can honor the fallen in our shared pain.
Tomorrow, we will breath again: Show respect for ourselves by continuing on, one minute at a time.
But for this minute, be there for someone. Share your scars, and let them share theirs.
In honor and memory of those harmed by the events of 9-11-01.