On that day, I was there. That day, September 11 2001; there, New York City.
I was there, very close; closer than I wanted to be.
I’m not a writer, not at all! But, I was there and,
I feel I should, some how express what I felt, what I feel, because I was there!
I was there, in Manhattan, in a straight line facing the World Trade Center. I was there, on University Place, less than a mile away.
To see the towers collapse was a feeling I don’t want to feel again in my life. Because I was there, I saw it, in real time. I saw the moment in which thousands of people died, just like that.
A moment in which a lot of things go thru your mind. A moment in which you don’t know what to do, actually you can’t even do anything, even if you were there.
The streets were totally crowded. People around me went crazy. A woman next to me almost collapsed. She leaned on me, otherwise she would have fallen.
Because I was there, I saw the worst of human kind. But also, I saw the aftermath; the best of human kind. The solidarity, the support, the willingness of people. People that were there, like me. People that were willing to help no matter what. It didn’t matter gender, ethnicity, social status, nationality.
I was there, on that horrible day. I wish I wasn’t there, but I was. I can’t change that.
But because I was there, I can change the way I talk to people, the way I treat people, the way I respect people. Hopefully, this will make a little difference in the world.
I’m very lucky, I was there, very close; and today I’m here.
I was there, and I’m still breathing today. But I think, if you were there, pretty sure a part of your soul would have died that day.
While I was there, as a photographer, I took many pictures. Few seconds later, as a human being, I just froze!
Because I was there, I saw how people suffered on that day, and on the months after that.
My deepest respect to those that perished on that day.
My deepest respect to those that worked so hard on Ground Zero.
To you all, I salute you!
I was there, I saw it, I felt it. But no need for you to be there, I’m sure you know what is like. Just that thought should help us to make a better world.
September 11, 2009
PS. I lived in New York City for many years. I don’t live there anymore.
Please, I apologize for the simplicity of this “essay”. I just tried, to some how, express what I felt. I’m not really a writer, and English is not my first language. Probably it’s not expressed properly,and with mistakes.