Now Is The Time: A Short Piece on 9/11

Today is September 11th - a day that, anyone old enough to understand the meaning of, remembers.

I was only about 11 at the time. It was only the first or second week of school.

The newspapers and TV reports were everywhere. Someone might think that, living in Canada, we weren't affected by this - but we were, oh we were. That day changed the way we saw life; it changed our view on the things we took for granted.

It affected Canada as much as it did the United States. Each country is leaning on every other country in the world, so when one country - the U.S., for example - makes a move, some countries move and fall, while others' positions are simply shifted.

The terrorists sought out to destroy people, to end lives, to show off power. And they did. However, they also helped people - no longer did we take life for granted, no longer did we hold back and say "tomorrow."

Now is the time we live to the fullest, the time we take to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. It is the time we spend with friends and family, and the time we cherish because of all that we are lucky to have.

This day has caused so much pain and suffering - now is the time for us to decide: will we let the terrorists succeed in making us live in fear and apprehension, or will we all join together to fight for a better world?