I still remember where I was on September 11, 2001 when I found out about the attacks. Before going to work, I had checked in on a gaming related discussion forum that I used to frequent and saw some thread titles referring to the attacks in the off-topic section but I assumed the discussion was about some new game. Something, however, made me check Yahoo! News before finally heading out the door and I saw that whatever was being discussed in the forum wasn't a game at all.
Most of my day at work was spent glued to a television set in one of the company conference rooms feeling sick to my stomach as the death toll mounted while my mind reeled as I tried to make sense of something which really made no sense at all. After all, what sane human being decides to just go murder a whole bunch of innocent people just to make a point?
How do you wrap your head around that?
The sick feeling I experienced when I thought about how many people had perished in the attacks slowly developed into something akin to depression when I realized that the course of history down which the USA and the rest of the world had been meandering had basically taken a big detour down crazy street and there was going to be a shitstorm the likes of which people of my generation had never seen and a lot more innocent people were probably going to die or at least have their lives turned completely upside down as a consequence of these attacks.
Those innocents are as much victims of the 9/11 attacks as those who died on that day, the course of their lives, like ours, forever changed by that detour taken by history.
There will certainly be more anniversaries of the 9/11 attacks in the future but they probably won't carry as much weight as this one.
More time will have passed so memories of that day won't be as vivid.
And other events claiming priority in our memories will probably come to pass.
Those of us who are young enough to have been shaped by the attacks and their aftershocks will eventually grow old and die.
But history will go on in the way it does.
That is, until another such event makes it take yet another detour down crazy street.
I guess what ultimately matters is that we don't crash during these detours and that we get back on track as soon as possible.