Never Forget: Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist… Yet
14 years ago, life changed for millions of people across the United States and the World. While the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are why most people remember 9/11, that's not why I do.
It's a stark reminder to me that tomorrow doesn't exist until it's today. And that may be too late.
September 10th, 2001. I was out for the night with my girlfriend, but the night didn't end as I would have liked. We ended up arguing over something so stupid, I don't even remember what it was. I remember dropping her off at her house and heading for mine, angry. I remember getting home and blowing off my father as he tried just to say Hi and catch up on the days events. I remember falling asleep still mad at the world...
What I didn't know is that I was fortunate enough to have another today. I'd have the chance to apologize to my girlfriend for the fight, or to have a conversation with my father. Too many people lost that opportunity the next morning...
Thousands of people woke up the morning on September 11th, 2001 and proceeded as they have for years before. Some got dressed and went into the office, some packed bags to head out on vacation or a business trip, but what none of them knew was this would be their last chance to tell those that they love one more time how much they mean to them.
Tomorrow didn't exist for them. Fortunately for me... it still did.
While I do try to remember the lives lost on that tragic day in US history, what I really remember every September 11th is that tomorrow doesn't exist and I need to take the time today to live my life to the fullest, and to make time for those around me. Show everyone how much I care about them.
Don't wait for birthday's, holidays, or special occasions to call your friends and family just to say hi. Don't go to bed angry with a significant other. Hug your kids one more time before tucking them in at night. Send your friends a text just saying "what's up."
Don't ever forget that life is precious... and we never truly know when it will end.
Take the time today. Tomorrow doesn't exist... yet.