Good morning, lovely friends! I’ve been absent yet again. 🙈 I’ve been actually struggling quite a lot with my mental health, and I took this week off. I had days off from my day job, too, so I thought it was a good opportunity to regroup and take it easy.
In fact, I spent the whole week tidying up my flat, Marie Kondo-ing my wardrobe and I replaced a couple of my bedroom furniture. I managed to tidy up the garden, too, and enjoyed the sunny UK weather for the whole 5 days it lasted. 😅
The rest of the days I took it easy, drinking Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes (I’m a basic autumn bitch, okay?🍁) and watching cozy fall movies. ☺️
Before we move on to the Monday morning motivational and inspirational quotes, I have to mention 9/11. I tried to write a separate post about it, but I really, really can’t, so I will mention it here.
For those (lucky) ones of you who don’t know, September 11th 2001 was a day that to me is the closest thing to hell on Earth. You can Google it or read history books about the gory details, as I am not able to put them in a post without crying my eyes out.
All I want to mention is that the unspeakable atrocities that took place in Manhattan on that day, were the end of an era – or the beginning of one if you may. Only now do we, millennials, realise the massive impact 9/11 has had on our generation. I grew up in the 90s, and when 9/11 happened I was a 10 year old child, watching a plane crashing into a building. At the time, I had no idea whatsoever about what I was seeing.
In fact, it wasn’t until I visited New York in 2018 and found myself at the 9/11 memorial site that I started doing more research on the subject. And that was because, even though I was (purposefully) ignorant regarding the details until then, visiting the memorial and seeing the names of all these people in all honesty felt like a fucking cemetery. The water was peaceful and the trees were serene and all, but it was the kind of surreal serenity you find in a place were many dead souls reside.
So, my point is, 9/11 shaped our world, robbed us of whatever innocence was left (don’t forget Columbine and what not) and skewed our view of what’s normal. When as a child you watch planes crashing into buildings and people jumping to their deaths from 100+ stories or burning alive OR getting crashed by the world’s tallest buildings collapsing on LIVE television, then, yes, that kind of desensitises the fucking hell out of you. Your “what’s normal” compared to your parents’ “normal” is not the same anymore. A bit like the Holocaust traumatised that generation, I guess.
I hope you all took a moment this week and this weekend to reflect on the events of 9/11 and on the fact it’s been 20 years since then, yet, it feels like it was yesterday. If, like me, you still don’t know the details (perhaps because like me, you are neither a US nor a UK citizen) I do recommend you watch two documentaries that portray the pain of that day: “9/11” by the Naudet brothers and this year’s National Geographic docuseries “9/11: One Day in America“. Netflix has, also, released a documentary in honor of the 20 years since 9/11 that I think is worth watching: “Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror”. Keep in mind that all of them are graphic (some more than others; the Netflix documentary actually shows the clip of one jumper crashing on the ground, which was very shocking watching on a widescreen TV, even though I’ve seen it on Youtube before).
Anyhow, we can all agree that if 9/11 taught us anything it is to stay strong, keep going and not to give up regardless how hard shit gets. I hope these inspirational and positive quotes brighten up your Monday! ☀️
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Stay safe, M. x