Everyone else is talking about it. Why not be a lemming.

Something about today disturbs me. I think I even know what it is. It’s the sensationalism masquerading as remembrance. It’s the jingoism masquerading as patriotism. It’s the superficial masquerading as the solemn.

I don’t have a problem with remembering the terrible human tragedy that occurred a year ago today. I think it would do us all good to pause and reflect on how terrible events can bring us together, and to remember what we learned, as a nation, as a community, as a people, about the world.

But I also think we should spend more time looking forward, not looking back.

We should spend more time making grand plans and executing them, inviting our souls and being creative, and living life to the fullest.

We should spend more time doing small, special things for our friends, our family, our loved ones.

We should spend more time laughing, and making music, and increasing the joy in the people around us.

We should spend more time helping each other, and holding each other, and saying “I love you” to each other.

Because at the end of the day, each other is all we ever really have.