So I was wrapping up a great shoot a couple of weeks ago at a great park, and as we were walking back to our cars, we noticed something in the bushes. At first we thought it was a tombstone….but then the words became clear to us that no, it was not; sort of.

It was a day definitely not to be forgotten; but really, have we all just pushed those events and emotions of that tragic day into the bushes, where it just kind of blends in with the world? What about the memory of being completely freaked out about our freedom and future that day; the urgent sense of patriotism, revenge, the feeling of wanting to do something, but couldn’t. And what about wondering if you knew anyone that lost their life that day? And seeing special report after special report on CNN about widows with 4 kids that lost their dad in one of the towers.

I remember the raw emotion of September 11th, 2001. But I also remember feeling extremely lucky; that I had a great family, great friends, an offer on a house, a great job. I was in a good position in my life and 9/11 just reiterated that.

So every year I always remember those who lost everything; I value my freedom that so many fight for and I feel extremely patriotic, but I also focus on the good in my life. I have a great family with a loving husband who supports my crazy ways and three great kidlets that are the cat’s meow. I have a career that I love and allows me to be at home the majority of the time. And it’s days like today that just help me remember how lucky I am…

So remember. Remember 9/11, but try and think about it on days other than the anniversary. Every time I go back to this park you can bet I will “see” this monument now (how did I miss it all the times before??!). Remember the tragedy of 9/11, and use these memories to reinforce the love and goodness in your life right now!

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