Do you still remember?

It has been awhile since I visited and wrote in my blog. I need to get back at it again. So I thought today would be a good time to start with so much going through my mind…

After reading so many posts about remembering 9/11 today online and watching a few ceremonies that were streaming, I’ve had some thoughts cross my mind…

1) What indeed was a tragic event and always will be remembered as one, the unity that followed is something that is dearly missed. That day, we learned life was indeed short. We must stop hating one another, and we must come together to help others… During that time, Americans came together to ease each others’ grief, we shared stories, we sang together – our nation felt like we were all on the same team…

I wish we could find that same spirit again without such a horrible tragedy. You would think that after everything that has happened since 2020, we would be tighter as a nation, but sometimes, I feel like we are falling apart. I found myself not only remembering the lives that were lost on 9/11, but remembering the unity that has been lost, and mourning what we once were as a nation. As I grow older, I find myself “missing the good ole days.”

2). I also realized all of the different tragedies that have taken place in the last 21 years – from increased violence, school shootings, political parties unable to have discussions without tearing one another apart…. new viruses and diseases … Time may have passed quickly, but there has been so much hatred and sadness growing… EVery day I wake up, I try to find the positive in this shaken world.

3)… also – I am getting old. It is hard to believe that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 was 21 years ago. That day is still so fresh in my memory and I can never forget. So I ask you – Have you forgotten? I wonder how many others possibly could have forgotten?

4). Our nation is in need of love…. It needs to learn to love others and to stop hating… Why do we need a tragic event such as 9/11 to shake everyone up to learn how to love one another again? Why can’t we just stop the hate? I feel like that sometimes, so many lives have to be lost and worlds turned upside down for people to appreciate life and what they have….

I guess sometimes, I miss the innocence I had as a child. I wish there were times when I didn’t realize all of the trauma our nation/world has been through… Sometimes, it is easy to feel our world hurting when you stop “living life” for a second. We all need our world to be able to breathe again so that it will stop hurting.

……this is what was on my mind today, as I stopped to remember the day of September 11, 2001.

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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