It has been 21 years since the events on September 11th, 2001. For some of us, it feels like yesterday. For others, it feels like a lifetime ago. But no matter how long it has been, the events of that day have left an indelible mark on our nation and on the world. In the years since, we have told our stories again and again. We tell them to remember. We tell them to honor. We tell them to heal.
But why? Why is it so important for us to keep telling our stories?
The Power of Storytelling
Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal. It has the ability to transcend time and space, to connect us with others, and to give meaning to our lives. When we hear a story that resonates with us, we can't help but see ourselves in it. In fact, studies have shown that stories activate the same parts of the brain as personal experiences do. That's why stories have the power to change us—because in a way, they become part of our story too.
Storytelling also allows us to relive positive experiences and emotions. In a world that sometimes seems determined to tear us down, this is no small thing. When we tell our stories, we gain a measure of control over our lives and our destinies. We get to decide how we want to be remembered.
And finally, storytelling gives us hope. Hope that things can be different, hope that the world can be a better place, hope that we can make a difference. It is this hope that has sustained us in the dark days since September 11th and will continue to sustain
us in the years to come.
This September 11th, take some time to reflect on your own story. What has happened in your life since 2001? How have you grown? What lessons have you learned? And most importantly, how will you choose to remember? Remember that your story matters—not just to you, but to all of those who have been touched by it. Telling our stories is one of the most powerful things we can do—so let's keep telling them, every chance we get.