We tend to see in anniversaries a little earlier than others down my way. That includes the good and the bad. Anyway... weirdly, today seems to resonate for me, even without any direct ties to the U.S. or 9/11.
There are so many things I could think of to say on a day like today, but most of all it is that many of us don't forget the trauma that so many experienced, or forget the sacrifice so many made to secure the survival of others 22 years ago in New York. So many lives were forever changed in ways I cannot begin to imagine. I also know the same sacrifices are made by so many on a daily basis, not just in the U.S., but around the world, and not always reported to the same extent. None of those efforts are any less significant, it is just that a day like the 11th of September provides what became a global reminder of the selflessness people can exhibit in the face of such terror.
I grew up in the era of the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers, commercial successes of Coke and Nike, MTV and the Hollywood blockbuster movie. My view of the United States was one of success and excess, un-wavering confidence and positivity. 9/11, for all it's horrors, confirmed the same values I had grown up with of mate ship and helping out someone in need were not something uniquely Australian.
I've probably written enough already... For those who do it tough at this time of year, know there are people thinking of you.