This blog post is so close to my heart you have no idea. The most amazing thing about my life and this blog is how it has connected me with people all over the world.
Today in 2001, the world stopped and was connected by one of the greatest travesties of our time. The world trade center attacks.
Gianni (Gianluca) (pictured above) at his age (17 years old) has dedicated his life to reminding people and what that day stood for. Not dividing us, but bringing the world closer together. What the remembrance means to the future generation. He has amassed a massive following on social media to be a hub for all those who want to share their September 11th stories but also revisit those memories and learn something new, like it's the first time. It is truly my honor to have him on my blog and to get to interview him. But most of all it's inspiring to see a young person making such a difference in the the world and that alone will make it a better place.
Ready for the twist in this story.... You'll have to wait till the end to find out.
So bare with me, and experience THE HISTORIAN.
BWM: What's your connection to September 11th?
Well, I was or I'm still fascinated by the twin towers and I think 9/11 really changed my life even though I was only one at the time. I came in contact with the twin towers at the age of four as I saw them on a cover of a NYC map. When I was twelve years old I decided to research about 9/11. 9/11 changed my dreams and brought me to where I am today.
9/11 changed my dreams and brought me to where I am today.
-@TwinsOfNYC X @justchambers.com
BWM: Why are you doing this?
Since I made my Instagram page I feel happier and more connected to the twin towers. I feel that in my heart I'm paying respect to the people who lost their lives on 9/11.
BWM: You've massed thousands of followers. How do you find the stories you share on Instagram?
A lot of people contact me to remember or mention their friends, neighbors, mums and dads or their family members. They tell me about their loved ones and send me pictures and then I write a paragraph to remember them. But I also search for people who died at this terrible terrorist attack on the Internet and read reports about them.
BWM: What's the greatest satisfaction from sharing someone's story?
For me one of the most important things in life is to help people and to make them happy. When people ask me if I could help commemorate one of their loved ones, I always feel very proud. I love to see their heartwarming reaction when they read my article and appreciate my work. It's a pleasure for me to make them happy after all that's happened to these families. So it's a honor for me to pay tribute to every single person.
BWM: Have you been to NY? Have you been to the memorial site of the twin towers?
I've never been to New York. But I'm planning to visit NY and also the memorial. When I visit the memorials I'm planning to pray for every single person and also for their family members.
BWM: What's a day in the life of running your Instagram?
Before I go to bed every night, I post photos or videos of the twin towers. It relaxes my mind actually. Because of that fact that I live in Germany, most of my followers will see the post in the afternoon. When I wake up, it's always really interesting to see who has liked my picture or who has commented on it. I like every single comment and reply to some of them. I also check my messages daily to see if anyone texted me privately.
Well looks like Gianni - revealed the twist a bit early, but yes, Gianni is from Germany. He doesn't live in the USA. Tell me how that passion and dedication doesn't inspire you to get up and change the world. ;)
FOLLOW HIM @TWINSOFNYC ON INSTAGRAM
BWM: What's one thing you would tell to the families who lost someone in the 9/11 attacks?
First of all, it would be a great honor to meet a family who lost someone because of 9/11. I would pay them my respects and would tell them that I'm so sorry for their loss. I would compliment that their loved one who died a hero and that they will never be forgotten.
BWM: As a young man, how does this affect your perspective on life?
Well, 9/11 really changed my way of thinking. You should enjoy every single day of your life because it could be your last day. You should be nice to the person next to you even if you don't know them. I mean it isn't that hard to make a difference. For example, helping an old woman with her luggage or simply smiling to strangers. Maybe they'll smile back. I also stopped complaining. Complaining doesn't help you. There are a lot of people who are begging God for the opportunity that you have right now. You should keep this in mind.
BWM: You're amazing, What's your dream?
My dream is to move to New York City and work at the One World Trade Center. I also would like to work as a volunteer at the 9/11 memorial museum because in my opinion it's so important that our next generation gets to know about what the twin towers were and what happened on that terrible day. I'm trying to improve my English every single day and I would love to do an exchange year after I graduate school in 2019.
BWM: Wow, I feel like we could talk all day. You are just so impressive and fascinating. We are out of time today. It has been an absolute pleasure. Please if you are reading this, share Gianni and @TwinsofNYC with someone close to you!
Let's make Gianni's dream a reality to work at the 9/11 memorial!
Bare with Me, my blog has been taken over, and I've been changed for Good.