Just another normal day, back in 2001. It started off, for me, like most — waking up, turning the TV on, getting on the computer to AOL chat some friends, eating some breakfast.
And then my friend, on the other end of the computer, asked, “Did you just see what happened in New York?”
That may have been the question that most of us heard that day, ten years ago. Back then, neither Facebook nor Twitter were around. The world wasn’t as globally connected back then. You didn’t get instantaneous messages in 140-characters or less on what was happening in the world at that moment.
You couldn’t hide behind typed words on a screen or on a page.
If you wanted news, you had to see it.
So, at lunch that day, I went to the common area at my university, and the student body watched, stunned, together, as the news poured in.
That day seemed to unify us. It was the first time that we, as a nation, seemed vulnerable. Both physically and emotionally…
…and we’ve never been the same since.
Where were you that day? Does it still seem like yesterday to you? What are your thoughts?