the city that never sleeps.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I have literally been avoiding all news for the latter part of the week due to 9/11 flashbacks & coverage. Truth be told, for the past 10 years I've been avoiding thinking or talking about it at all; as a lifelong New Yorker that day truly breaks my heart in so many ways.

I have walked the streets of New York, loved, and been entirely enthralled by every hole in the wall, crevice, subway station, and brownstone--it is undeniably the best city in the world. To think that someone would literally hate us and cause that much death and destruction to thousands of people in this amazing city absolutely breaks my heart. Hearing and reading the stories over the years of the people who lost loved ones has never ceased to bring tears to my eyes and their strength today is truly amazing. All of the firefighters, police officers, and just everyday people who suited up and ran in when everyone was running out deserve so much more respect than they are given. I am actually enraged and thoroughly disgusted that politicians will be in attendance tomorrow and no invitations were given to the people who actually deserve to be there. As the reposted Facebook status stated: They weren't invited on 9/11, they just showed up and decided to be our heroes. I really couldn't have said it better myself.

I think that, most importantly though, tomorrow should not only be about never forgetting that nightmare of a day 10 years ago, but always remembering how amazing we are as a city and people and appreciating it. New York is a treasure trove, an adventure and for me, a place to call home. So, in light of the dark events of tomorrow, here is my mini picture tribute to the best city in the world. Only we can have 2 of our buildings knocked down only to come back stronger and build 3. New York, you have my heart, some of my best memories, a power all your own, & I am beyond proud to call myself a New Yorker.

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