Skylines and some thoughts
I’m sitting here on a bench overlooking the Boston skyline and damn is it pretty. It’s the perfect day: a sunny 75 with a nice breeze. Kinda brings me back to Sandy Eggos. I didn’t really have plans today and while sometimes I don’t like being in that situation it’s honestly kind of nice today. I willingly got a haircut (rare for me) and then biked towards the Charles, parked my bike by MIT, and then went for a run. I’m trying to get back into running after having slacked off for a while and I’m realizing that taking things slow but consistently is much better than trying to just push myself so hard right away. I think I do that sometimes and it results in things being short lived. Being an adult and the lack of deadlines can be unsettling but also open us up to so much if we put ourselves to it.
Anyways away from the existential tangent. I’m really a sucker for skylines. There’s something about the tall buildings that represent a city, especially around a body of water that give me a sense of comfort and pride. The skyline is the first impression you get of a city as a whole and all the buildings towering high in the sky are the face of a city. I love when a city is by the water. It takes me back to my days in history class when we learned about ports and how people expanded and immigrated from one place to another. While people obviously faced hardships as they relocated, there’s something special about how we have cultivated these cities each with its own unique history, culture, and community.
Maybe it’s because today is 9/11 that I’m especially thinking about the skyline a lot, but it’s very scary what happened 20 years ago. I remember my dad leaving for a conference in DC and me begging him not to go, and while he was on the way he heard the news and immediately turned around. I obviously had no premonition of what was going to happen but it’s kind of spooky and I’m really glad he heard the news before getting there and facing an unfortunate fate like thousands of others in NYC, DC, and PA. It’s incredibly saddening to think people are capable of thinking such horrific things that lead them to commit such atrocities. While the US has its fair share of problems, it is quite a unique place. A melting pot of cultures, you can find a little bit of everything here. A history (with many not-so-great things 😬) that is very different from most other countries, you can learn about how so many different people came together to build this nation and manifested its greatness in the world. So many people risk their lives everyday for this country, from soldiers fighting abroad to the doctors and nurses fighting on the home front and I have so much respect for them all. It’s pretty amazing what we can accomplish as a country when people act with good intentions and how much our country has advanced in the past 20 years. On the flip side, it’s scary to think about forces that drive people so far apart that can eventually lead to something like 9/11 and I hope as we start to emerge from this pandemic people start treating people even better than before, be more positive about life, and while it sounds cheesy, help make this world a better place. I’m happy to live in Boston, and I always get a sense of nostalgia whenever I walk thru the cobblestone streets downtown and I love it. It’s kinda therapeutic to be spending so much time looking at the skyline today and I really feel for all those whose lives were completely uprooted 20 years ago.
Anyways I’ve been lying on a bench listening to music and getting lost in the tree towering above me while occasionally peeking over at the skyline and all in all it’s been a good day.