One WTC is a shining beacon of our commitment to betterment.

This September marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Our social media streams were flooded with visual tributes to the lives that were lost, and memories of the time and place we were in when news of the attacks reached the media. In New York City, the hustle and bustle didn’t subside, but a feeling of melancholy hung in the air as the ceremony was held in memorial plaza.

The World Trade Center was a symbol of status and wealth. The building itself was the workplace for some of the worlds most influential and economically stimulating companies. The attacks on the structure of the buildings, was essentially an attack on the financial infrastructure of our great nation. On that day, those terrorist had one goal; to break the American people physically, emotionally and mentally. Unfortunately for them, they did not count on our ability to rebuild. One World Trade Center is the newest addition to the New York City skyline. As the tallest building in America, One WTC is a shining beacon of our commitment to betterment.

Rebuilding a structure and the morale of our country first began with the foundation. A stable ground will not give way, which is why we were able to use those roots to reinvent what we had lost. From the investors, to the designers, to the construction worker that laid the last bit of steel; rebuilding is a process that requires a unified effort. The Everybody Paddles movement insists that everyone must work together to obtain a goal; at the same time, in the same direction, maintaining the courage to continue. Rebuilding is a constant effort; an unrelenting persistence that occurs each and every day.

Some believe that if something is not broken, it should not be mended, but that isn’t always the case. Once we allow ourselves to become complacent, we lose the most spirited part of ourselves. It was once said that, “it is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary,” and that is because growth and forward movement is an activity that must occur at all times.

When we dream, our subconscious takes over and some of our deepest thoughts and emotions are brought to the surface. Some believe dreams to be completely fantasy, but in actuality they hold our truest desires. The courage to continue, to rebuild, can begin with a dream. The most innovative men and women of our time built their legacies on the basis of a dream. The obvious message would be to keep dreaming, but a dream is nothing without action; instead put forth the effort and keep building.