This is Andrea. I met her today while ordering my morning cup of goodness at Starbucks. After noticing she had a pin on her shirt that said, “NYC Dad 9/11”, I decided to come right out and ask her if she had lost her dad on 9/11 to which she replied, “Yes….and it’s amazing how many people have just ignored it”. I have never met anyone who has lost someone in the attacks, and 11 years later the impact of meeting Andrea had a profound effect on me. I think we often chose to ignore things/not speak up because we feel uncomfortable. I implore you all to get uncomfortable today and pay your respects to those who lost their lives and families. Even if all you can do is pray. I payed my respects to Andrea and left still wishing I had done more. So I went back, cut in line, and asked if I could take her picture and Instagram her so she won’t be ignored (at least not by me and my whopping 40 followers). Glad I met you today @lovey0922. This post is for your dad.
🇺🇸 #911 #neverforget #remember911 #payrespect #thankyou (Taken with Instagram)
If you’ve seen a better picture of a dog dressed as two dogs carrying a present today, I don’t believe you.
This is like.. the best thing I’ve ever seen. lol
NBA Rooks: Damian Lillard
I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.
I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.
I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.
|—||Jessica Redfield (real last name: Ghawi) was shot and killed last night at a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ along with 11 others when a gunman opened fire in a theater. The above is from her blog, written in June, after she narrowly escaped another senseless shooting at a mall in Toronto. (via newsweek)|