Today is a day I simply feel sad yet anxious. Sad because it is the anniversary of that mega-disaster now simply called 9/11. I will never forget watching it on TV, fixated. I have walked those streets in New York City, taken the elevators of the World Trade Center and even visited friends working in the area. All I could do then, was pray for everyone.
A year later, I visited New York to join the famous marathon and I could still smell the burn and feel the vibes. Yes, I actually ran with a heavy heart.
Then came the day when visitors were allowed into the 9/11 Memorial … I walked in and gasped in awe. It was just breath taking!
It’s been 14 years but each time I’m in New York City, I will take the metro from Grand Central to Fulton Street and run up looking skywards to see if the WTC is really gone.
Today, I am also anxious because it is election day in Singapore, my birth place. I sincerely hope my fellow Singaporeans “vote wisely”.