It’s been 13 years since I went to work on a Tuesday morning in Boise, ID and spent the next three days watching the news. I, like many of you, experienced a life-changing event that day. It wasn’t changed nearly as much as those whose lives and families were impacted first-hand by loss, but it was changed. 9/11/2001 set me on a path that I never anticipated, but for which I will be forever grateful. Because of the circumstances of that day, I ended up in the Army, which lead me to meet my wife, which lead to our son. I have my family today because of the events of 13 years ago.
Out of great tragedy can and does come great triumph. We simply have to make it so. Experiences are formative and changing, but they don’t have to define you. I don’t pretend to know the loss that others experienced that day, but I do know that life moves on, and so must we. No matter what you’re facing, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, you have a choice to continue to be defined by them, or you can re-define them yourself.
Be who you’re supposed to become. Take what you’ve experienced and allow it to make you better. Allow it to make you be your best.