I stayed home from school that day. I had been attending the local junior college and decided to not go in because I was being lazy. All it was was laziness. I ended up stumbling into the living room and onto the couch just to flop down and wake up to the news.
It wasn't unusual that the news was on, my mom liked to watch it, but I wasn't sure what I was seeing or where it was. I'm pretty sure I asked my mom what was going on, then settled back into the couch to absorb it, when the second plane hit. I don't think it had sunk in yet. Towards the end I remember being worried about two other towers near the Trade Center they were scared would fall. Everyone was worried about a domino effect. I don't remember people jumping and I don't remember the news focusing on there still being people inside the towers. I do remember what chilled me the most though, and it actually happened the next day.
The next day there was nothing in the sky. It was empty and quiet. I had gone to school and stopped on the sidewalk to look up and marvel that there could be nothing floating above us. I had grown up in a world so full of tech that this was amazing. No one else was looking up, but I think we all knew everything had changed.
Now that I'm older, and so much time has passed, it's hard to think of what I was watching on September 11, 2001, how many lives went down with a plume of smoke. I'm sure I watched people jump in terror and pain, I just didn't really know it at the time, or maybe I've blocked it out.
The thing about 9/11 is that it brought everyone together, it didn't tear them apart by their differences, it united them. Now that we have come this far it seems as if everything has blurred, and politicizing a war has divided our country, for the better of our politicians. It's time to put our glasses back on and get to work. It's time to unite and fight for our rights and for equality. It's time to vote out people who don't have our best interests at heart. It doesn't matter what side of the aisle we're on, we can all do this together.