on this day twelve years ago 343 firefighters lost their lives in the world trade center. today is a day i remember one of them especially, firefighter thomas j. foley. tommy was about as close to family as you could get without actually being blood. although it’s been well over a decade his memory never faded. instead his legacy lives on through his incredible family who make sure that he inspires others as much as he’s inspired us. tommy lived his life to the fullest each and everyday, something that most of us can only hope for. he was always there for anyone when they needed and he always had a smile on his face. even though i was seven when he passed, tommy is still by far the greatest person i’ve ever met. we miss you more everyday tommy, i wish i could be there with your family tonight celebrating your amazing life. we’ll never forget 💙❤🇺🇸🚒. #neverforget #septermber11 #restinpeace

The year I turned 10 was 2001. The year The Fellowship of the Ring came out, and A Beautiful Mind. And Shrek. And Ocean’s 11.

It was a very good year. I did my first “professional” play at the local community theater. I did gymnastics and won a blue ribbon. I picked the year I turned 10 because I thought I could take on the world. I thought I was beautiful and perfect and nothing bad could ever happen.

When going back over the year in my mind I was shocked to realize it was 2001. As in, September 11, 2001. That day exists for me in a box. A day that belongs to no year. A day of perfect clarity. How can I reconcile the good and the bad?

Well, that’s life. No one is perfect. No one is the exception to the rule. Life is good and life is bad. Life is just life. 

Everything else about that year was so good; I was so happy. It probably truly was one of the best years of my life, even if it was shrouded in tragedy for  many others. 

This project is making me realize that life indeed can only be understood in one direction.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

So I create with images from my past a project that challenges me today and builds my future. 

13 years ago today, thousands of innocent people lost their lives! Please don’t forget to take a moment of silence out of your day to remember and honor all the brave firefighters, passengers, victims and all the volunteers that lost their lives on the memorable day!! As well as the family and friends who grieves their lost! #911 #Septermber11 #NeverForget #WeMissYou #GodBlessYou (at USA)