*Sponsored article for BlogHer and Kaplan University, but all opinions and recollections of 9/11 and September 11th here are my own.
I never dreamed a simple newspaper photograph would stir up so much emotion in me.
But that is exactly what happened to me back during September 2001.
Many may have an idea of where I am going with this. Most know that on September 11, 2001 or 9/11 this country was attacked by terrorists. I happen to live in NY. I actually live on Long Island to be more specific. See Long Island is 45 minutes by train to midtown NYC. It is also about an hour to downtown Manhattan by way of subway transfer from the LIRR.
Back in early 2001, I was working in a financial (brokerage house) company on Long Island. I was inching my way to a promotion for the better part of that year. So when my promotion time came up, I offer the promotion. But there was a glitch. I would have to leave the Long Island office. See the promotion would have me move to their downtown NYC office to get promoted in the company.
It was August 2001 at this point. At this point, I sat down and weighed my options. See as much as I loved the excitement of the stock market, I felt that there was more out there than a sales assistant position in a less than stellar company. I started to look elsewhere to see what my options were.
It quickly dawned on me. See if I went back to school to finish up my education, that I could do even better for myself.
Many who read my blog know my lifelong dream was to be a teacher. It was then that I decided to fulfill this dream. So, I signed up to complete my studies to become an educator. Then, I put in my two weeks’ notice and never looked back.
9/11 Only a month later…
On 9/11, I was driving to an early morning class. During my drive listening to z100 radio station, they broke through to announce it.
One of the Twin Towers in lower downtown Manhattan had been struck by a plane. Still, I was in disbelief.
See I went to class believing that this was some sort of joke or hoax on the radio station’s part. Why? Because the radio station was notorious for gag/comedy routines. So, I seriously never thought twice that it was actually real. Little did I know, nothing would ever be the same again for so many.
The Aftermath of 9/11…
The following days after 9/11 were a blur to me. But still I remember watching the 9/11 footage. I can never forget the pleas from relatives to find their loved ones who had unfortunately perished. Plus, I still recall the local newspaper articles describing the tragedy in full.
One of these newspaper articles even had a full blown aerial picture of the actual tragic scene.
One of the worst moments for me after 9/11….
Reading the local Newday to see an arial shot of lower Manhattan, I saw this image. Then, I spotted Courtland Street. See this is where I would have been working with the promotion I was offer. Only, I didn’t as I went back to school. But had I not gone back to school a month earlier and taken the promotion, this is where I would have been.
So on the actual image of Courtland Street was written “Debris from Trade Center Attacks”. Meaning the buildings collapsed, but the remnants scattered onto the street where I would’ve worked.
Also, I looked further and saw the Subway station. This is the subway station I would have gotten off at for work. See it was underground in the one of the towers.
This is when it dawned on me. I theorized that I would have been down there when the building got hit. Plus, I would have been trapped in the subway car when this occurred. See this was the time I would reported to work.
That is when it hit me that I would have been in the middle of the 9/11 tragedy. I would likely not have survived 9/11.
Going back to school saved me…
The decision to return to school saved me. However, I sat with that paper image for about an hour. All the while, bawling my eyes out. Rung out from he realization. Also, thankful that I had made the decision to re-enter the school system to change careers. If I ever had any doubts, I now knew I made the right decision to return to school. Plus, I was selfishly so happy that I did.
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My own choice led to bigger and better. So could yours! I only wish Kaplan University was an option back in 2001 to go back to school virtually. See I went to a local university. I sat in large college classes listening to professors drone on. But Kaplan seriously has it going on with all-online programs. See you can work your class studies around your schedule all while learning from the comfort of home. And Kaplan has so much faith in their programs. So they offer The Kaplan Commitment. This is a 3-week introductory period, where there is absolutely no financial obligation beyond their application fee.
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