My dear friend Brooke (of the amazing blog Charity Girl Problems) and I went to the One World Observatory. The new skyscraper stands where the twin towers used to, and is officially the tallest building in the world. It is also one of the strongest buildings ever built, and made from recycled materials. This new giant reclaims the height of the New York skyline, and serves as a beacon of hope and remembrance for the city, the nation, and the world.
I prepared myself a cathartic, but depressing day. We both wanted to go, but on the cab ride there talked about the fact that we’d probably be sad most of the day.
The amazing, and beautiful thing was, it wasn’t sad at all. There was actually very little mention of 911. There was the stunning fountain memorials, and the museum, but the tower itself, was a celebration. A celebration of New York, and the people of New York. Those who came together to reclaim their history.
It made me think. Life is all about the way we let (or don’t let) our struggles define us. Do we carry them as a mark of shame and sadness, living every moment after in the shadow of what once was? or do we take what has happened and turn it into something beautiful, honoring what was lost, but using that loss to fuel a rebirth of something truly amazing.
To celebrate. To build taller. To be stronger. To realize and appreciate all the wonderful people you have around you.
One moment, one horrific moment, does not get to end your story, it just changes it. How it ends is up to you. Make it a 1,776 foot tall, skyscraper of a life.
Tunic Top: Liz Alig (fair trade and giveback)// Purse: Angela + Roi (giveback)//Bracelets: Red Earth Shop (fair trade)
Liz Alig: This garment is handmade in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. A small group that we partner with gives education and sustainable jobs to women who would not otherwise have these opportunities. This garment helps support this education and their program. The print starts with a small block that is carved from our sketch. It is then hand stamped on this 100% cotton handwoven fabric – part of an age old Indian technique for printing called hand blocking. The feel of the fabric is similar to linen, but gets softer with love.