With a very heavy heart and a world or responsibility on my shoulders, I walked over to out local polling place and voted. The enormity of the ramifications filled me in a way I had not anticipated. There are serious real world consequences that will result with our votes. Some are very tangible, like what the city of Burlington will look like in the next few years. Some are very intangible since none of us really understand the results of every decision that a President will make. Who could possibly quantify the implications to young girls to see a woman become President? We can guess and provide anecdotes, but there is a deeper fundamental mindset shift that can occur, and it’s well past time for that to happen. The only way those changes will ever start to take hold is if we, the people, exercise our right to vote. Our country provides so much for us and asks so little. I view voting as an obligation, one that I am happy to engage in.
I stared at the ballot and let the sense of responsibility guide me. I’ve informed myself and let that be reflected in the way I voted. I’ll never truly know if my decisions were the best ones, but I made them, and they are now a part of history. I walked out of the school feeling unburdened with a light and easy step for the walk home. No matter how things turn out, I have played my part. I sincerely hope that you do too.
Now, it’s time to get ready for work and hope it goes smoothly and as quickly as possible. There is a huge party tonight with lots of bands and no matter what happens, I will joyfully rock out.