Part of what terrorists try to do (aside from making political statements) is terrorize us. They attempt to make us feel unmitigated fear in living our daily lives. They want to constrict and diminish our lifestyles, and thereby lessen us. We cannot allow that to happen.
As people, we do things sometimes that are not, strictly speaking, necessary. We do things. We rise to challenges. Though we are not all capable of the heroism of our first responders, we can all find something great within ourselves.
I remember hearing explosions the night before my eighth birthday -- not the kind of explosions that happened this week, but the other kind; the good kind. I crawled out of my sleeping bag and went to look out the window, and I saw a sky filled with fireworks.
At that moment my quadriceps were burning from their exertions and I was lamenting that today wasn't going to be my day -- I wasn't going to meet the time I'd set for myself. My thoughts were interrupted by a dry, metallic sound. Immediately afterwards, another one. Chaos followed.