Meet My Inspiring 9/11 Friend

Without hesitation, she said, “I’ll go with you!” It was those words that jump started my friendship with Erin, a.k.a my 9/11 friend. 

I call her my 9/11 friend because we met on Sept. 11, 2001, the infamous day of the worst terrorist attack on US soil. A week after I met Erin, I was expressing to a small group of women, including Erin, my feelings of anxiousness about traveling to Philadelphia for a cancer treatment appointment. I was nervous about traveling to Philly because I feared it was going to be the next major city on the terrorist’s hit list. It seemed like before I was even finished talking she said, “I’ll go with you!”

What a comfort to hear her say, “I’ll go with you!”  I was a bit surprised that someone I only met the week before would be willing to head into possible danger with me! She was braver than me and not intimidated by my fears. She didn't even seem to be concerned about spending a 2 hour drive with an almost complete stranger. She was willing to show up and go with me!

After spending the day together at my appointment we became fast friends. She became the friend, that I told my mentor just a month before, that I longed to meet. 

Every day I am inspired by Erin's words, “I’ll go with you!”. Her simple, vulnerable, without hesitation words inspire me to be open, to offer who I am to whatever situation I find myself in, to be present and to be willing to be uncomfortable!

This year, on the morning of Sept 11, Erin texted me these words, “Remembering our first moment of meeting 14 years ago today. A true metaphor for life’s reminder of the tension we feel at any given moment - utter sadness when tragedy moves and grateful joy when true friendship enters. Much love to you, my forever friend.”

I am so grateful that Erin said, “I’ll go with you” and she opened the door to a true friendship. 

Who inspires you? In what ways, do you show up for others?