Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001

This is a day that our generation will always remember.

I'm sure in times of a crisis, many generations before us have thought we would never understand. But we all know where we were. I know I remember exactly where I was on this day. I remember what I was doing, what I was thinking. I may be on the other side of the East Coast, but I still remember how I felt when I saw the tragedy of the Twin Towers.

I was in the comfort of my living room while I watched it on television.

I can only imagine what the men, women and children felt as they stood in the heart of New York City and saw the fire consume their air. Running from smoke, dust and flames. Frightened by the towers falling to the grounds...

It's a day we will never forget. A day that still invokes a lot of emotion. A day that doesn't need to be hated for the ones that terrorized America. It is a day that needs to be remembered for its heroes that fell at Ground Zero to save the several who were victim to this crime. It's a day to remember what all those that serve America do for us. Whether they be firefighters or a part of the Marines, they are all important.

September 11, 2001.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

World Suicide Prevention Day

Model: Gracy Griffith.

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) sent out a Tweet reminding everyone that September 10, 2009 was World Suicide Prevention Day. I participated. Did you?

- Taken from TWLOHA's blog. -

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Sep. 10, 2009 at 3:52pm

What comes to mind when you hear the words "Suicide Prevention"?

Is it really possible to prevent suicide?

We know it isn't simple. We know it isn't easy. But we do believe in hope and we do believe in help, and we believe that people need other people. And if those ideas are real and true, then we believe that it is possible to prevent suicide.

And we don't think it's a work only for the experts. We believe there's a part for all of us to play, that perhaps suicide prevention begins in countless simple miracles every single day. Perhaps it starts with two friends sitting down for coffee... And one of them asks "How are you doing". Perhaps it starts when we choose to live less alone, when we choose to let people in - to know us, to love us, to walk alongside us. Call it "community" or call it the way things are supposed to be. We're willing to say that suicide prevention starts there - it starts when we're willing to talk, willing to ask the hard question, willing to say the honest thing. Maybe the bravest move we'll ever make it to ask for help. Or ask how we can help someone we love.

Maybe it starts when we push back at the stereotype and the lies that fuel the stigma that says pain is something we're not allowed to talk about, or that pain is for people a certain age who dress a certain way and like a certain song. Those are lies. The truth is that pain is part of being human. The questions will continue to come. We all get stuck in moments. The good news is that there is also hope and love and change. The good news is that we were meant for friends. The good news is counseling and treatment. The good news is that we don't have to go alone.

"Suicide Prevention."

What's your part to play? We're all invited. Smile at someone, know someone, say something, ask the question, make the call, take the drive. Every life is priceless and fragile. We get to guard and fight and care, for the people around us. There are plenty of things to fight about and for over the course of our lives - let's remember that people are the most important thing, the brightest surprises on the planet. Let's remember that every single person has a story entirely unique and incredibly important, but not everyone can see it. And what a privilege that we get to do our best to remind and invite people, to believe better things, to believe that it's possible to change, to believe that life is worth living...

We're not saying that it's easy. But we're saying that it's worth it.

Love is the movement. Thank you for caring.