“We Are Not Invincible”

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

So it’s the Friday before Spring Break ends, so what do I do as a college student? Go hit up the New York State Museum. I’ve been there a thousand times in the past, museums interest me for some reason. All that history in one place is just amazing.

I had an eerie revelation today as I was walking around there. I never saw the 9/11 memorial they had there until today. It’s overwhelming to say the least. You walk into this room and it takes your breath away; literally. I remember hearing about the attacks, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing, but it never had that effect on me that this was one of the biggest events in American History.

The exhibit is just so surreal. The instant you walk into it, you feel the haunting presence of what that day signified. You see letters kids wrote to families, memorials, debris from the towers. Nobody in there was talking. You just walk around in silence and look at everything on display. What words could you possibly say in something like that? There are no words that can be used to describe what you feel in that atmosphere. A gargantuan sense of loss, is as close as I can get to describing it.

The thing that really got me, and I mean really got me, was the fire truck. The front of it was pretty much destroyed and the metal on the sides was all bent in. I saw that, and this overwhelming sense of sadness came over me. It’s almost like that feeling you get after hearing your hero died. You can’t talk, cry,move or anything of that nature. You just stand there frozen. I saw that firetruck, the thing that was made to help people yet here was one destroyed, and I realized something; we, as Americans, are not invincible.

I remember that feeling I had in me all day Sept 11th. I felt like we weren’t going to be alright, that someone just took away something so significant to us and we’re not going to be able to take it back. I didn’t feel safe. I remember that night asking my mom if I was going to die because of this event. I was scared.

I got those same feelings as I walked around this exhibit today. Feelings festered inside me that I didn’t think would, not at a museum anyways.

We hold our country up on a pedestal that we think no one can reach us. I had a very real awakening today as I saw first hand some of the debris and artifacts from the World Trade Center exhibit. All I kept thinking was “oh my God, we’re not invincible”

I didn’t mean for this to be a dark entry, just think about it.

  1. tonyb says:

    I got the same feeling when my Mother died. Up until then, life was pretty much as expected…some highs some lows, but pretty much ok. Then from the time she was diagnosed w/ cancer it was 85 days til she was gone.It was kinda like “anything can happen day.” I realized that in life,truly anyhting CAN happen. Yes,there is faith and believing God will protect us, but there are so many variables, sometimes we tie His hands.

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