Why I won't be posting a message saying "never forget" 9-11
Every generation has some sort of event that they live with forever. 9-11 was my generation's event. This is the one event that all of us will remember. We'll remember where we were when we heard the news. We will remember watching it all unfold in front of us in real time.
I don't feel it is necessary to say "never forget", because that's like saying "don't forget to breathe today". Some memories don't go away. Time changes perspective on things. After 9-11 it felt like the world was changed forever.
I specifically remember thinking "New York City will never be able to bounce back after this".
As time went on, life slowly returned to normal in the sense that we all went back to our daily activities. Those who lost people will never forget 9-11, but for the most part, they were able to pick up the pieces and keep on living. Like any mourning process, everyone takes a different approach and there is no right way to do it.
We won't forget 9-11. We'll share our personal 9-11 story for years to come. I won't be posting a message of "never forget", because I won't forget. I don't need to post a message to everyone I know, because they won't need a reminder to pause and reflect on the most dramatic and tragic day in my generation's history.