Twelve years ago today I was standing at our local fairgrounds teaching a group of 6th graders at a farm safety rally. After a presentation I over heard some of the Columbus COSI employees talking about an accident in New York where a plane had clipped one of the world trade towers. By the time I was finished I headed back to our office and found everyone huddled around the lone tiny television in our break room. It was there where the magnitude of the events that took place that day really hit me. Seeing the news coverage, hearing the interviews, and standing there in awe as they replayed over and over the impact of the plane into the tower I felt like the world just getting smaller around me. Twelve years ago I was younger and not as informed as I am today. I remember thinking to myself, “this can’t be on purpose, it has to be just an accident. Why would anyone do this?”
For many people this was the beginning of an awakening. A glimpse of what truly evil men are capable of only before seen by soldiers on a battle field. America had never seen destruction and devastation on its mainland before. Sure there were some home grown terror attacks like the ones in Oklahoma but nothing to this magnitude, nothing that shook this country to its core like this did. America couldn’t turn away. In the weeks following Americans had what to me seemed like a mini reset. Churches saw an increase in attendance, ratings for shows like “I Love Lucy” jumped up, and parents hugged their kids a little tighter. America started to revert back to Mayberry but like all things in America, it was quickly forgotten. Today Facebook is plastered with remembrance memes and companies pushing September 11th coupon codes for 11% off purchases but this is only for one day then America seems to forget again. There is a very stark difference in the world in regards to pre-9/11 to post-9/11 and most people have forgotten what it was like 12 years ago.
For me the terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001 proved that I was living in a bubble. I saw the world through the rosy lens of an American assuming safety and security as always in my homeland was the norm. It was that moment when I saw the evil that men can muster that I changed. I realized that personal safety and security was just that, personal. It was that awakening moment where I realized I needed to pull my head out of the sand. Here I sit today waiting for my son to be born with audience members in over 63 countries, having touched well over ten thousand people in some form or another with posts focused on politics and self-defense all in less than 9 months. I am so thankful to have all the people that take the time to stop in to read everyday and go on to share with their friends and family.
I do this in an attempt to give others that wake up that I had 12 years ago. I want every person I can reach to know that it is not up to the American government to protect us and keep us safe. It is our duty to protect America and keep America safe. Take today to remember those affected by the attacks twelve years ago today and think about how the world was pre-9/11.
Thanks again for reading and joining me every day,