ANSWERS: 48
  • i think i experienced my first denial/shock episode since idk what but the things that raced through my mind as possibilities at that moment whould take my 40 years to wright down
  • I was 19. I was living in North Jersey I could see the smoke, and had a friend's father die in the North tower. I was and am still currently affected by the towers falling.
  • early 20's. listening to it on the radio like WTF? The WTC on fire? Then turned on TV. Wondering what the hell happened, then BOOM, the second tower got hit live on TV. Sad, sad day for everyone.
  • I was 22 and unemployed at the time. I was in shock watching the news all morning. Finally I decided that I had to get out of the house, and went to apply for the job that I'm still working at today. On a wierd side note, that morning at about the same time the planes hit the towers, I woke up to the sound of a Zippo lighter opening.
  • 9 years old. for some reason mum turned the tv on that morning. then she just sat there and cried. it was a really weird day. completely shocking. i was late for school.
  • I was 19. Yes it affected me, very sad day for everyone.
  • I was almost 22. I heard of the first plane hitting the building I thought "wow, that sucks... how could someone accidentally just fly into the building??" and then while watching the news covering it, I saw the SECOND plane hit the other building, and then I new it was an ATTACK and NOT an accident. And then I saw the 2 buildings collapse, one almost right after the other, and I couldn't believe my eyes. A few minutes prior you could see people standing in the hole where the plane flew through, so the fires were obviously out at some point. How in the HELL did the buildings fall after the fires were out?? The US governemt has a lot of unanswered questions they haven't responded to yet. We were NOT attacked because of our "freedoms" like they want us to believe. We need another investigation. Period.
  • i live in canada, and i was still in middle school, i remember watching people on tv jumping from the towers so they wouldnt die when it fell....i found this to be so sad. i also found it sad when the govnt lied to its people and told them it was a terrorist attack. but in the end all that really matters is a lot of innocent people died, and thats awful
  • im from aus, and i was only 10 it didnt effect me directly... but it has effected the world.
  • I was 24 it immediately sprung into my mind that this was perpetrated by our government and not terrorists. It didn't really affect me on an emotional level, But I was 2 days away from moving from Tennessee to Baltimore MD and I was packing when the news came on about it, I was concerned to be moving into an area where this stuff was going on and more might come.
  • i had just turned 8. My mum didnt tell me before i went to school so i was really confused when everyone was talking about it. I thought it was a joke. i was scared when i eventually found out and had nightmares about planes bombing my house - except in every dream me and my friends became heroes by negotiating with the terrorists to let them use the school swimming pool if the behaved (completely besides the point) and i also was pissed off that nothing but the twin towers wa on tv as i got bored!!!
  • i was almost 22 and my wifes mother called and woke me up in the morning and told me to turn on the tv. when i turned on the tv the 2nd tower was falling and i though what the f@&k was going on. she asked me if my wife knew what was going on and i said no that she was at work. she called her at work and told her because her brother was to be in the towers that day for work but his wife was sick so he called off. but they though that he went to work and my wife and her mother was a total mess untill they heard from him. i didnt know what to do but watch the news over and over
  • I believe I was 11yrs old. I didn't get what the hub-bub was about, buildings fall, accidents happen, hijackings go on. I'm safe, my family is safe.
  • for the first time,anti-terrorist day was observed,after terrorist attabk on 9/11/2001.i was then 39.
  • I'm from Australia. I was 47 nand I watched it as it happened. It affected me terribly- all that destruction and all those innnocent people. I have never been able to watch replays of the towers falling. It upset me tooi much.
  • I was 23 and I was stationed in Germany in the US ARMY and I was scared at the time I thought we were going to war.But as the days went on I wanted to go to war and get the people who were behind the attack.
  • Lets not forget Bin Laden and his friends tried and failed in 1993 to take down the twin towers, but lame duck Clinton did almost nothing about it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_bombing
  • I was 58 years old, and I got MAJORLY pissed! I tried to re-enlist, but they told me I was too old and too disabled. Sigh. My youngest daughter and her friends had lunch at the Windows On The World restaurant at the top of one of the towers on 09/10/01.
  • I was 38, and I still clearly remember the panic and fear everyone was going through. I work in a corporate travel office, and we had travellers stranded everywhere. I can still remember the fear of the possibility of more attacks...who did it? Why? I don't know how anyone could NOT be effected.
  • I was an adult. I was also in Switzerland and had left my 2 daughters with their grandparents at our home outside of Washington DC. It was impossible to get through on the phone lines. I was an emotional wreck. Thankfully, there were so many kind Europeans in Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, Sweden, England and The Netherlands who arranged for secure phone lines, helped us get onto the first plane out of Amsterdam, helped us get TO Amsterdam from Germany in time to make the flight when we missed the flight in Germany and offered an ear and a hug when needed.
  • I was 13 years old when it happened. I remember being in middle school with my best friend and making jokes about the situation, I guess as a defense mechanism. I remember saying "As long as they don't crash into Sunset Place (a new mall at the time) then everything's ok." I regret saying that, of course. One of the more powerful memories of that day was when we were watching the news, and as the first tower collapsed, the news reporter said something along the lines of "What we feared would happen just did." I still get goosebumps thinking about that
  • I remember I was 11 years old. I remember it was a Tuesday. I couldn't understand why the towers fell and I didn't understand anything. Everybody was in the media center, with the news turned up. The teachers were silent and then explain what a terrorist is and what happened.
  • Honestly, 9/11 feels like another important date in HISTORY to me. Since like, I was 8 when it happened, I remember it happening, but it held no significance to me. So to me it's just another important day in American History.
  • i was 29 watched the second plane hit live on cnn as i was getting ready for work stood there in shock, phoned my father and went to work things have not been the same since
  • I was 16. It's like one of those things where you remember where you were when Kennedy was shot or some other event like that. I remember what I was doing when the first tower fell. It was 9:59am in New York making it 7:59am where I was living at the time. At 7:59am I would have been either at the bus stop or actually on the bus. I heard about it for the first time on the bus but the volume was kinda low and I didn't hear it all so I figured it was some drunk or something. By the time I reached my high school (I was a junior) all hell had broken loose and people were like "Did you hear about the Twin Towers??"
  • I was 27 years old. I was affected, but not emotionally. My response was centered around getting more interested in international relations and learning more about the world outside the U.S.
  • I was in elementary school when this event happened. I don't know why, but every time someone brings up that subject, I just start tearing up. I guess it was just a bit hard for me to process all the information at once. I think this effected a lot of ppl both young and old. I have a family member thats in the marines. He wasn't there at 9/11 but I think it effected him on a totally different lvl.
  • I was 13...my best friend lost her aunt in the twin towers...they wouldn't let us watch any footage at school because they felt it wasn't good for those of us who had parents in the military...I really didn't know what was happening until I got home...
  • i was 27. i was unable to speak for several hours. Im still affected by it
  • I was 57 and saw it on TV as the second plane hit- I was very upset and very angry!!!!!
  • i was 14, i went downstairs waiting for my mom to take me to school, so i turned the tv on and started flippin channels and all i saw was the smoke on the twin towers i was like WTF??? whats happeneing, why is it on all the channels, so i left it in a channel and i saw when the plane hit the 2nd tower, so yeah it kinda affected me cuz i got traumatized, before i wasnt afraid of planes and then i became really afraid, grrrr...but now i got over it...im no longer afraid on flying LOL....
  • I was 15. My mom was in the bathroom putting on her makeup and I was sitting on her bed watching the news when I saw the plane hit; I was horrified, and honestly my first thought was that it was fake. It was really scary and I was definitely emotionally affected by it, but I wasn't closely connected to NY or anyone in the towers so it wasn't as hugely affecting for me as for others, but a foreign attack on our turf is always scary.
  • I was an adult and had a child in high school and one in elementary school. My husband and I were in Switzerland, in the middle of our first vacation without our kids and my first European tour. We lived 30 miles from the Pentagon at the time and our kids were at home with my in-laws. To make a long story short, it was an extremely stressful time for us as all phone service was down in the area. We made many friends in Europe at the time, some who are still in our lives. People in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands helped us get through to our family and then back home.
  • I was 14 when attacks happen.
  • 16, i was at school. Im Canadian so im sure it was not as bad as it was for some of you, but i still felt emotional about it for sure. it was shocking and upsetting to know what happened.
  • i was only in 1st grade. my teacher lost her 20 year old daughter from the towers. shes about to get married.
  • 50. I'm always effected when Americans die especially in such a tragic way. I am more emotionally effected to find out that it might not have been terrorist at all, but our own people. That is terribly disheartening.
  • i was 6. i feel really bad today because all i could think was "yay! we get to leave school early!" i wasnt effected then, but i am now.
  • I was 20, was just waking up and had CNN news on. I thought it was a film and that I had the wrong channel but then I saw it all, I was stunned. I was not emotionally affected I was physically numb.
  • I was 18 I remember saving some of the IM conversations I had with my friends about it. I also bought a Roy Orbison's greatest hits CD on that day. At the record store there was a little white sign that said God Bless America. I wasn't that emotional really, I remember I still had to go to school and baseball practice. I was in Junior College. I remember having an eerie feeling though, and our coach talking about how we're lucky to be here playing college baseball because there would soon be men our age dug into foxholes on a battlefield.
  • I was eight years old and living in Queens. My mother worked in the South Tower and was killed in the attack. So yes, I was effected and still am.
  • I was, erm, adult. I won't say exactly how old. It still haunts me.
  • "Affected" You're welcome
  • I've been terribly affected by it. The loss was tremendous. It still affects me to this day. Because of that attack, I became acutely aware of how much people hate us for no reason. In particular, one religion. No one in that religion has ever done a single thing to help us get those who masterminded that and the other attacks. That has been the most eye-opening revelation of all. +5
  • I was 8yrs old. At the time I did not understand the significance of the event.
  • I was 19 living and in college. my room mates mother called to make sure her daughter was safe (she was a worrier). She was so rattled on the phone I couldn't really comprehend what she was talking about. She told me to turn on the news... so I did... what a nightmare. My father worked for PATH trains (they go under the world trade center) and I was worried about his safety. I couldn't get through to him for at least an hour because the phone circuits were all busy. I never was so scared before in my life. When I finally did get through to him, I couldn't stop crying. He cried too. Found out later that a former coworkers husband was killed- they hadn't had any children. But, they were the type of couple that had a marriage that the passion and romance hadn't died. His memorial was gut wrenching. I'd say, yes, I was emotionally affected. I still cry when I think about that day. And I get somber when I see old movies or photos that have the towers in them.
  • I was 9 years old, I wasn't really affected by it because I was to young to understand what had happened.
  • I was in Tennessee, but it was very sad for me even though I lost no relatives or friends in the attacks. I was 8 years old and in third grade. I felt very sad for all the loss, and out of anger at the terrorists, looked at a globe and said "That's Afghanistan. That's where those f***ing terrorists are from" at school.

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