I Lived Through 9/11 And I'm Still Not Afraid Of Terrorism
Paris, Beirut, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, America, the world -- we all need prayer.
What the world doesn't need is fear.
It's honestly no surprise that terrorism is molding the shape of how people live their lives nowadays.
You might be more cautious when speaking on certain subjects, or find yourself wondering deeply about how such people really exist in this world.
It's a real thing here in New York City as well, where I was born and raised.
Having lived through such a horrific time such as the fateful day of September 11, 2001, I can hear and feel the pain of all those around the world suffering from these acts of violence.
As a resident of New York City, it brings me back to that memory.
I was only 9 years old, and my mother came to pick me up from school early that morning when the attacks happened.
The Staten Island Ferry stopped running, and it didn't allow my mom to go into the city for work for obvious reasons. It was a time of confusion that day.
It was so easy to spread fear in innocent people's hearts, but from that day forward, I could see how people were coming together in such a time of need and sympathy.
There was courage and faith still in our hearts that we would defeat such people because we were America, and it was our job to get the bad guys.
I wasn't scared then, and I am not scared now.
The whole world has been brave and courageous when dealing with such issues that we should not let the bad guys know they've defeated us in our hearts.
If there is anything to focus on during this time, it's having an open mind when discussing current events.
Ignorance will not dictate how I live my life.
All of us, who live in high-profile areas or even those who don't, should realize that although this is not a normal way of life, this is the way the world has become.
It has ignorance and hate and stubbornness, and sometimes we cannot help those who feel this way.
But I know what it is like to live in a place with such diversity that debates during conversation always come up.
I've lived through it, being an Indian woman. I get the looks and I get the stares.
But is that really going to stop me from making my way to downtown Manhattan to catch Sam's falafel stand before Sam closes at 4 pm?
Is it going to stop me from ordering that matte lipstick from that really cool Instagram boutique that only uses UPS to ship their items?
Is it really going to stop me from going to that club Saturday night and f*cking sh*t up with my girlfriends?
I. Don't. Think. So.
ISIS threats may not be empty, but I still have faith in humanity.
There are too many things I want to do in my life; if I let every single thing bother me, where would I be?
Probably a very paranoid female sitting in her mom's living room, looking up conspiracy theories about how the government is lying to the American people about the existence of alien beings here on Earth.
No, but seriously.
Every single threat to any country or race or religion should not keep the world in fear.
Take that extra five-minute walk to Starbucks and definitely get that Chestnut Praline Latte you've been meaning to try all fall.
Don't be afraid to try new things or be a confident person or introduce yourself to new people.
Fear will not dictate where I go, who I meet, and what I do for as long as I live.