New Orleans: Tougher, feistier, cooler 10 years after Katrina

August 31, 2015

As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, CNN Opinion asked residents and those involved in New Orleans' recovery for their take on the lessons learned, and what the city means to them. All views are the authors' own.

John Besh- The Chef:There's been so much shared -- yet still so much to share -- in the decade since Hurricane Katrina hit, a wretched storm that left destruction in her wake. Buildings, homes, schools, churches, restaurants, parks, neighborhoods, jobs, families, pets, photographs and memories -- all obliterated by wind and water, the likes of which we had never seen.

The 10 years since have been filled with every emotion under the sun, from angry rage to quiet sorrow. It killed me to witness older folks lose so much, knowing that they'd run out of time to recover. Or to see the young ones, like my boys, who are emotionally plagued by the word hurricane, learning life's ugly lesson -- that their world can change in just one day.