Together We Mom

As tough as these last many months have been, it has been a time to reflect on what has happened in the not too distant past. Most days it isn’t easy and the burden of all that is happening can be almost unbearable, but I like to think that if we can remember what it was like 20 years ago after September 11, maybe we can figure out a way to come together again. 

The days and months and maybe even years after that day were a time when we ALL came together- it didn’t matter what political affiliation, color, race, or what decisions you made when it came to your health and wellbeing. All that mattered was that we were attacked and as a result we came together as a nation. United We Stand. There were American flags everywhere, people cried and hugged one another, we encouraged and cheered for each other, and came together collectively as a nation. I believe that’s what is lacking these days and what, in my opinion, needs to come back. Most of us don’t care what each of our political “sides” are, what color you are, what religion you are, what race you are- we are all doing our best to make this life enjoyable, safe, and as wonderful as possible- for us and our kids. 

I truly believe that these last 19 months have brought on such a feeling of blame and disgust and anger not because we actually don’t like each other, but because of FEAR. This fear narrative has been pushed since the Spring of 2020 and it hasn’t let up. There are so many things we could all be doing to better our lives and the lives of our families and none of that has been at the forefront of the news, social media, gatherings, or even family get togethers. It has all been about the fear. Fear of numbers, fear of humans, fear of death, fear of opposing views, fear of alternative ideas, fear of asking questions.

What is happening? Is this really how any of us want to go through life or raise our children? NOT ME! I refuse to buy into the fear and what seems to be the never ending situation we are living. I am not build that way and I will not allow my kids to live their life in fear of the unknown and unseen and unproven insanity. I live like it’s 9-14-2001- the day after. I love my family. I love my neighbors. I love my friends. I love being a human being. I love living and experiencing life. I love to inspire, encourage, and help people.

To live in fear and be anxious about the unknown is harmful and will not fix anything. To live with love, gratitude, strength, fortitude, and a collective spirit of goodness will fix everything. My challenge to you is to live like it’s 9-14-2001. Give it a try. Come together and build togetherness instead of opposition. I would guess your attitude and your life will change for the better. 

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