To say we all have comparable experiences is silly. To say we all have comparable humanity is holy/true/deep and uniting. Even when we forget that our own heartbeat resounds against other heartbeats, and this keeps the deep and low rhythm of human hope alive - all around the world.
Your one heart is very significant.
Your one story, your many pains, your many loves, your many losses. Humanity extends its arms to all the loss and love it can hold in this life. We do not shy away; we feel deeply, love adventurously and tenderly. This is not shame. This is humanity's pulse; humming; striking chords we've never heard before. We may not all relate; we may not all have comparable experiences. But we all have comparable humanity; love, breath, and hope for something more.
Here's to those lost many years past, across tv screens and school mornings, and to those fighting to believe that they are not lost today. You are not lost today. You are here; you are held; you are worth saving—from every building that terror, depression, abuse, fear and evil attempt to bring down. I've seen those planes ram into my own heart, and I've felt those silent terrors too. "It would be easier if"/"they would be happier if"/"I wouldn't cause"/etc.
But, friend. Those silent terrors are also straight-up lies. You are loved like a mountain-top waterfall, rainbow-after-the-storm, snowman-building, hot-chocolate sipping, fireside-snuggles type thing. And your soul; it is built sturdier than steel and cement; a fire cannot envelop you; your flesh and bones are a battle cry and a victory song all at once, and we hear you. We sing with you. We remember you, and we choose to say, confused and hurt and fighting and hopeful, still; "And so I kept living." Because we did and we do; and we need you with us, too.
Evil does not win, so long as we say so; so long as we love so.
For practical implementations of hope and love, follow Dallas' advice:
"Pet a cat. Talk to a dog. Kiss a tree on the forehead. Wave to the next stranger you'd like to be better friends with. Write six tiny notes of encouragement and hide them in your favorite books on the shelves of a library you haven't visited since your youth."