Today marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It’s odd to think that so much time has passed and yet we are still mostly the same. Don’t get me wrong, as a nation, we’re strong, resilient, and committed to remembering the sacrifices of those who gave their lives and that’s all for the good. Yet, our individual lives are still mostly the same in the everyday. We go to work, we do homework, we struggle through the drudgery of the mundane.
It’s good to remember the heroes in our own lives. Whether large or small, someone cares for you and that’s a pretty great thing even by itself. But, more than that, we can be heroes in the lives of other people simply by being there for them. No matter the distance, no matter how hard it gets, no matter the personal cost.
We can all be heroes, even for just one day or just one moment. It only takes a kind word, a little appreciation, and the small effort of focusing on someone else for the span of a blink of the eye.
Also, yesterday happened to be the World Suicide Prevention Day and we should take a moment to reflect on how we, as human beings and as a society, can help those who struggle either secretly or openly with their mental health.