The day was September 11, 2001 and the world changed forever.
It was a Tuesday morning and my day was starting out normally just like it always did. I woke up, shower, dressed and as I prepared to leave my house for work, my boss called.
“Are you watching the news?” He asked.
“No,” I said.
“I don’t think we will be working today.”
“Why?” I asked.
“We just got attacked! Turn on the TV!” He said.
I hung up the phone and like millions of Americans that day, turned on the television and watched the carnage in New York as the two planes hit the World Trade Center, causing its twin towers to implode. Never in my life had I seen anything like it.
I watched the T.V. like a zombie as the news covered every horrific angle of the tragedy in graphic detail. I felt scared, shocked, and horrified to see it happening live and knew that, right then and there, our world had changed.
I knew that the years of ease and prosperity of my youth were over, and that a whole new world was dawning with dreaded new effects for everyone.
Growing up, War was a foreign subject to me and other than what I saw of old news clips and interviews of Pearl Harbor survivors I had never seen anything like 911.
After September 11, 2001 we could no longer expect to live our lives in peace without the fear of terrorism and destruction.
Things were changing and everyone my age and younger was uncertain what would come of it.
Would there be a bigger attack?
Would it be nuclear?
Would there be a war?
Could I get drafted?
These were the fundamental questions that went through the minds of everyone, especially those in their early 20’s like me who wondered how this event would change our futures.
Over 3,000 people both young and old lost their lives that day due to this act of terrorism and I knew that I could be the next victim of terrorism or I could lose my life fighting for my country.
911 brought out a wave of patriotism like I had never seen and many people my age enlisted in the military.
Men and women, enlisted voluntarily because they wanted to fight for their country and avenge the lives of those that were lost on September 11th 2001.
Flags were flown everywhere, citizens were united in the grief and for a few days even the politicians were united in the support of the United States and stand against terrorism.
It took only a few days for the truth to come to light about who was responsible for 911 as the media showed pictures and video of the hijackers before they boarded the airplanes that day and informed the world the a terrorist group nobody every heard of called Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the bombings.
The Governments response was quick and they sent troops into Afghanistan to seek out and destroy the Al Qaeda and its leader, the mastermind of 911, Osama Bin Laden.
Over the coming months war and loss became a part of my life for the very first time as causalities of war were reported on a daily basis from news networks worldwide.
After 911 everything changed. Many companies went out of business because with the loss of the World Trade center, the nation’s financial sector was rocked to its core and the stock markets were shut down for almost one week and transportation grounded to a halt.
The company I worked for also had to downsize and cut back it’s workforce after losing millions in contracts and new business and I was laid off a few weeks later and once again searching for the elusive, “dream job.”
A few weeks after 911, Andy Lakey called me, but this time it wasn’t to talk about art, he was all business and was only interested in if I was going to invest in the Do it all Travel business opportunity or not.
I tried to turn the subject back to art and he lost interest in the conversation and promised to call me back in a few weeks.
I considered investing in the business opportunity because I still craved the opportunity to be involved in the same circle of influence as Andy but after losing my job I was having a hard time paying the bills and decided to pass.
I never heard from Andy Lakey again…….
And a few months later I learned that Do it all Travel went out of business due to the fact that, after 911, people were afraid of flying and the travel industry took a major hit.
I realized that this was a sign that I should stay out of the travel industry and I accepted the decision that it wasn’t for me.
After the letdown of seeing my relationship with Andy Lakey fizzle and my business opportunity in Do it all Travel go up in smoke I searched harder than ever for a job, any job where I could work and get back on my feet.
One of my friends suggested that I get into sales and since I had tired every other career path seemingly known to man I entered the world of sales and found my niche in life and was able to hone my skills working in the best job that I would ever have.