I Am Lucky: A 9/11 Reflection

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photo credit www.klsmithphotography.com

I had a different post scheduled today.  I had been thinking for weeks about what I was going to say about 9/11 that I hadn’t said before.  I was wondering in secret what some of my fellow bloggers were wondering aloud: “Is it terrible to not post anything?  Or to post something not 9/11 related?”

After so many years, the impact to my life is still there.  I still think about it regularly.  I still look at my life and see daily proof that one horrendous act changed the course of my life forever.

I often post sad reflections on those changes.  I write about who I was, who I am now, and how far apart those people feel… But this year, it is with sadness in my heart, that on 9/11, I can’t help but feel lucky.

My husband has deployed multiple times to combat zones in this fight against terrorism.  And he has come home.  He is whole, even if I don’t always feel that I am.

My life, while changed, moved, and altered by the events an unbelievable 12 years ago, is still put together.  My foundation is still sound, my home is still with my husband… And I am lucky.

I am lucky because no matter how my life may have been touched, I am not sitting here having lost everything.  My husband is home.  He is alive and while 12 years of war can take its toll on anyone, we are largely still a young couple in love.  And we are lucky.

I do not relish looking into the face of tragedy and feeling lucky.  Let alone the profound sense of lucky I feel.  I hate knowing that I only feel this lucky because I know so many who were not.  I know so many who, in the course of this war, in the course of 12 years, can’t say they are as lucky as we have been.

I hate to look at my friends and know how I would feel to be in their shoes, to have my heart break repeated for them for the losses they have suffered.  Some have loved ones who went into a crashing, burning building, only to never come back out.  Some have spouses who went off to war and never came home, and some, have spouses who came home in body only, their minds forever fighting a battle within.

And I am lucky.

And it pains me to know that I can only feel that way because of being faced with the tragedy of others.  And it hurts my heart and my soul to know that, while my life altered its course forever on that September day all those years ago, I have not suffered the losses of some.  And it hurt my heart to know that some, so many, have an annual remind that is nationally publicized, nationally recognized, shared on Facebook, talked about on Twitter, and even discussed in schools, to remind them of their loss.  And that that same day simply reminds me that I am lucky.

About A Girl

A Girl is a 20 something blogger who began blogging in 2008 as a means of coping with a deployment. She is a Veterinary Technician by trade and loves her work in Emergency and Critical Care. She is married to a 11 year veteran of the USMC reserves, whom she meet shortly after he returned from a deployment. They have been married for four years, have three, very bratty dogs, and are currently trying to muddle through the aftermath of a difficult deployment for both.

14 thoughts on “I Am Lucky: A 9/11 Reflection

  1. this is a beautiful post. i feel so honored to have been in nyc for 9/11 and see the tribute in lights. i went to the 9/11 memorial last year which i think was so well done. so proud of how our country pulled together during that time.

  2. This is beautiful and so honestly moving. Thank you to all who serve in our armed forces and in the homes of them!
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  3. Thank you for saying this. As an Army wife of 5 years who is currently going through our second combat zone deployment I too have such mixed emotions on 9/11. I feel honored for the blessing of having my husband strong of mind and body. I feel angry that others don’t remember, like we do, on a daily basis what this has meant for our country and servicemen and women and their families over the 12 years and yet I feel a deep uncontrolable sadness for those that have dealt with painful loss from this horrible event. So thank you for letting me know im not alone in these feelings and putting it out there so honestly.
    - Christina Marie

  4. It’s a rough day all around. Living so close to NYC has made 9/11 a very anxious day for me every year, and it only gets multiplied now as an military spouse. It’s hard not to feel lucky for having most everything in tact, but it’s also hard thinking about when the other shoe could drop…
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  5. Hugs! And it’s ok to feel lucky. I started to post some yammering today…then was like, whoa. 9-11. Have we recovered enough yet? Maybe not. Not yet.

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