- Yup, that's me, wearing a Mardi Gras mask in New Orleans earlier this year.
Call me negative, but life just isn't easy. And once you realize that, you're ahead of the pack.
I'm still figuring that out.
For the majority of my nearly 45 years of life, I've tried to control, rearrange, coordinate, micromanage and repair life's imperfections, the majority of them my own.
And what I've learned is that there will always be ripples on the waters of life that we cannot see coming. Some of those ripples will dissipate unnoticed while others will collect and build and crash without warning. Try as we may to fortify ourselves against their presence, they'll keep coming.
Today is the seven year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and, in an eerie coincidence, Hurricane Isaac's bearing down on the region as I type. Many of the survivors of Katrina are still rebuilding their lives, and now this? My knee-jerk response is, "How can they handle any more?" But the truth is, they will handle it. They handled it after Katrina and made tremendous progress in the rebuilding.
I visited New Orleans a few months ago and marveled at its history and strength. I spoke to cabdrivers who pointed out areas of flooding; to shopkeepers who shared their survival stories; and to residents who showed evidence of Katrina's destruction. The most remarkable thing about New Orleans was what a unified culture it was.
No one hopes for disaster, though nothing brings people together more indelibly. I felt that in New Orleans earlier this year, and as I watch the news with a heavy heart, I remind myself that the people of the region will come together again, finding themselves even stronger and more resilient than ever.
The world is watching, New Orleans. You will get through this.