In the wake of 11/9, many of us are still trying to make sense of what happened. We might not have broken the glass ceiling, but major cracks were created. ‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.’ feels appropriate right now. A quote by Leonard Cohen, who passed away this weekend too. Oh what a week it has been!
On one of our last days in Manhattan, we went to Ground Zero. I knew visiting the Memorial would be emotional, but I don’t think I could prepare for how desperately sad the site is. Beautiful, powerful and still so hard to fathom. We took these photos inside the new site next door, Oculus, where the light poured in. It felt hopeful.
The design is meant to evoke the image of a dove being released from a child’s hands. The subway system was destroyed on 9/11 and Oculus is the new transport hub, now open 15 years later. On one hand its seems weird to have a shopping mall at this location, but on the other, it’s a utilitarian building that thousands of people pass through every day. Oculus felt like a modern Grand Central Station. Life goes on.
While our neighbours to the south reel at their current reality, we’re watching it all unfold from across the border. Social media exploded, and it has been hard to look away. The emotions expressed on our feeds are real and raw. I go between watching and reading everything, to completely tuning it out.
One of the most inspiring things I’ve seen is the Subway Therapy initiative. New Yorkers expressed their emotions and messages to each other, written on post it notes lining the walls of the subway stations. It reminded me of the messages of hope posted around the city days after 9/11. Loss brings people together, and I hope the results from this election drive more to stand up for what they believe in. We can’t control the actions of others, but we can control our own. Hold your head up, be positive and stay hopeful. There is a lot of good in the world. Be open to seeing it. Love will always trump hate.
Window pane skirt and top: Revolve
Shoes: Steve Madden