On March 15-17th I was asked to attend a conference in New York. Being a country boy from a small city called Louisburg; this was something huge. This was the first time I have traveled on a plane since 2004. So of course I was like a kid at the park with the ooo’s and aaa’s. Also coming from NC weather which is 80 something degrees to NY weather which was 30 to 40 which is weather I love so much because I’m not a fan of the hot at all only in my car and home.
The last day we toured the 9/11 Memorial, which is a tour that I will never forget. I can’t imagine and don’t want imagine having my parents or loved ones taken away from me in that tragedy. No one should have to experience that. Hearing the recordings and phone calls and seeing the pictures of the fallen firefighters that sacrificed their lives to save people was and still is very heart breaking. It is very well organized and you get a sense of what is was like on that very day of September 11, 2001. The museum has the car parts, the top of the twin tower, the fire truck, and the list goes on. It’s beyond a moment that you will forget. The families that were affected will always and forever be in my prayers.
This trip taught me a lot about myself. No matter how the world sees you physically, all that matters how you see yourself and how you present yourself to the world. Walking the streets of New York City by myself to McDonald’s, I realized confidence is what it’s about. (Yes I went to McDonald’s in New York and walked alone.) But walking beside the people that are on a mission to get to their destination made me feel empowered. Looking up at the buildings that keep rising to the top of the sky made me feel like I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to. I will never forget the smell of the urban city, and the streets that make you feel brand new.
Lastly, to kill more time and money what better thing is there to do in New York but eat. The food was awesome and I had the pleasure of eating a $15.00 slice of cake with vanilla ice cream. It was to die for.
Oh and the other attendees and I pranked my professor by saying I had gotten stuck in
the closet of the hotel.
Memories, Memories, Memories.