September 11, 2001
The United States and the world underwent an immense change on September 11, 2001, due to the hideous acts of terrorism committed on the World Trade Centers in New York City, and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. This was an act that no one in my generation has ever seen or experienced, except at a movie theatre on a Friday or Saturday night. To watch the terrors unfold on television was truly terrifying. People say that this is one of those events that you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing as it happened. I believe that whole-heartedly, I remember getting ready for class at about 8:30 am. While getting ready, I was watching "Good Morning America" on television, when all the sudden, they cut from the camera shot of Bryant Gumbell, to a shot of the north tower of the World Trade Center engulfed in flames.
I'll be honest, at first I just thought that a jetliner had accidentally hit the tower, but when I saw the second plane fly in just minutes after the first, I knew something terrible was going on.
I really feel that there are two ways that tragedies like this have an altering effect on our personal lives. The first way is direct, the second being indirect. Direct affect is through our immediate family, such as mom, dad, sister, brother, etc. Personally, my mother works for Continental Airlines and with the September 11th tragedy it has changed many things in her daily work experience. For example, much of her personal space must be invaded, due to the increased security. Not to mention the fact that the company, is all but demanding her to take a one-year "leave of absence". Due to the lack of people opting...