I realized something today.
I always choke back my tears when thinking about that day. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and convince myself that I shouldn’t be crying. No more. I will do so no longer repress the sorrow I feel when I see images of the towers enshrouded in thick smoke . I will no longer, pretend that, recollections and remembrances of that day do not make me want to curl up and bawl. For the lost lives, the lonely loved ones left behind, the innocence of a nation lost and the grief that remains. From today I will acknowledge the pain and I will let the tears fall and mourn our losses.
If you haven’t grieved for the losses we all suffered that September day, I urge you to do so.
One of the little things I will mourn is the lost opportunity to go to Windows on the World. My plan was to go have a drink (cause that’s what I could afford) and look over the skyline of the city, 6 days after Sept 11 on my birthday.
I never got the chanceI never took the chance. So whereever you are, if there something you want to do or somewhere you want to go don’t wait for a big event or milestone to do it.
Do it right now. Today or Tomorrow. This week. This month. This year. Do not put it off because you don’t have the time. Make the time. Don’t wait until you get the money. Start saving or find out if there is a deal you can get.
Start with a small think like visiting museum you’ve always wanted to go to but work and life gets in the way, or the entrance fee is too much. Most museum have a free or low cost night and some throw in nibbles and wine. Swap baby sitting with another couple if you have kids and make it a date night (one week for you & partner, next week for them). Maybe you want to take a fantastic trip somewhere in the world but you can’t afford to right now, then start putting the cost of a small bottle of water away in a little bag every day. We think it’s too hard to do but accomplishing the things that are important to us may require some sacrifice somewhere. Don’t wait like I did to go for a simple drink and now I will never experience the 360 degree view from Windows on the World and sip a cocktail above the sparkling city because, well, I never took the time and the place no longer exists.
Do one thing today, this week or this month that you have always wanted to. You’ve nothing to lose but the chance to add to your memory banks and story to share with your loved ones.