Last night, as history unfolded in front of my eyes, I stood in front of the television, rocking my daughter, Sophie. My eleven year old son Cameron had given up on waiting for the results and went to bed, asking me to let him know in the morning who won. Noah, my five year old, didn’t really understand what was happening.
When Charles Gibson said that Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, I felt my heart jump. A sudden realization came over me: This is progress, this is amazing, this is historical. When President-Elect Obama stood up and gave his speech, I got chills when he discussed the 106 year old woman who voted for the first time in her life.
In her lifetime, he said, she’d been denied voting priveleges for both her race and her sex. The depth of what is happening began to hit me. At some point, a man who’d worked directly with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commented on the profound nature of the moment. Jesse Jackson stood proudly with tears in his eyes. Americans of every color stood together in awe of this moment.
Now, you can be sure that the naysayers are naysaying like nobody’s business–but in that moment, none of it mattered. Barack Obama has changed history–we as a nation have changed history.
As with September 11, 2001, I will always remember exactly what I was doing and how it felt to hear the news–but unlike that tragic day, this will be a fond memory. This moment proved to me that we truly CAN do anything we set our minds to–even if “they say it can’t be done.”
Whatever your political views, it must strike a chord in you to realize that this event has given hope to thousands of people in our country. More mothers can now look at their children and see a future with no limits. More children can now aspire to be their best–to do whatever makes them happy.
I understand that we don’t all have the same political views, and I am NOT by nature an especially political person. My husband and I did support Obama, but only after Hillary was elimintated from the race. At that point, we did our research, listened to the facts (not the lies and hate spewing forth in our email boxes), and made our choices. Our choices were not based on race or age, but on the issues.
I am struggling to fully express myself here (maybe it’s the cold medicine), so I’m going to get to the bottom line. Political parties aside, any of us could find inspiration in Barack Obama. He came from a less than picture perfect background, overcame all odds, and has achieved the ultimate goal of becoming the president of the United States.
He is living proof that we CAN do what we believe we can do, and that we can make changes to the world around us, serious changes, if we are just willing to do what we need to do in order to create them–even if that means stepping outside of our comfort zone. YES WE CAN!
So here is my challenge to you fabulous people. Today, take one step toward your ultimate goal. Do you want to be in the movies? Sign up for an acting class. Do you want to have another baby? Well…you know what to do there. Maybe you want to buy a home or a car? Start shopping.
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.