But on this day I think it will always be impossible for us to pretend that it's just another day. I'll always reflect on that day, probably for the rest of my life. The thing that will change year to year is what the world has become since then.
For better or worse, the events of 9/11 certainly brought together the world in the weeks following. It was heart warming to see people from all over the world share in our pain and anger. It's kind of ironic that it took a catastrophic act of hate to show just how much love there is in the world.
The disheartening thing is that people are more or less back to being assholes here in the states. Inconsiderate drivers, grocery store rudeness and total disregard for other people. The worst part of that is just that it's stupid shit that cause people to be that way. Honestly, is getting one car ahead in a pack on the freeway that critical to your daily existance?
Politically I don't think we're doing much better. The economy sucks, unemployment is high, and despite raiding Afghanistan and Iraq, it's debatable on whether or not the world is a better place. It certainly hasn't done anything for our PR status in the world either.
At least I can account for myself though. I feel much better as a person, about who I am and what I'd like to be. I've remembered that spirit I had in college when I was out to change the world, and now, have a better grasp on what I can accomplish.
And heck, I'm celebrating a third anniversary next month. :)