A break from my usual discussion of creating memorable, engaging user experiences to reflect on a day that changed my life (and yours too) 8 years ago.
Eight is my lucky number.
Was it really EIGHT years ago that I began categorizing the events in my life into before and after?
I feel like it was just yesterday that I was leaving my doctor’s office and noticed a television on. I stared and saw a building. I saw a hole d lots of broken windows. I saw some smoke coming out of the windows. The office assistant told me a small plane hit one of the twin towers in New York City. I remember turning to her and saying, “That’s a terrorist attack.” She looked at me as if I was crazy, sort of snorted and shook her head.
I got in the car and began the drive to the office. Tuning in to the local all news channel I listened intently to what they were saying while trying to pay attention to the traffic. The light ahead of me turned red. I rolled to a stop and turned to look at the other drivers in their cars. A man in the next car was happily tapping out the beat on his steering wheel and bobbing his head while he rocked out to his music . Another driver was staring straight ahead waiting for the light to change.
I wanted to roll down my window and yell, “Aren’t you people listening to what is going on?!?!?”
I will remember that moment forever.