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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.

Thoughts become things. When you act “as if”, you begin to create the life that you desire. Take the first step today!

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14 Responses to Experiencing History

  1. his speech brought chills into my spine as well even though i’m not an American. congratulations on your new president! 🙂

  2. Congrats on ur new prez!

    Barack Obama’s voice resonates across oceans to India as well… I for one am among the millions …full of hope!! Yes we all need change.

  3. a huge wave of relief spread over me when Obama was announced the winner. for the first time it felt like things are finally going to start getting better. I look forward to the months ahead, I have alot of faith that he will save our country. If McCain had won, it would have been a devastating blow.

  4. Do you think that Obama will be as good of a President as he is a public speaker?

  5. I am curious. What were the lies you were told about Obama and how did you know they were lies?

  6. I don’t know much about politics, but it makes me happy that this has happened (and I live in the UK). Through everything I have learned studying history, I am glad that this has happened in my lifetime. And I read about the 106 year old woman in the paper here too which makes it all the more amazing.

  7. Very nice piece Angie!

    I gave you a couple of awards on my blog today so come get em!

  8. I have Petra to thank for sending me this way. Your blog is great!
    I also stood in my living- room during that moment, and thought, as my hubby and daughter were in bed, I have just witnessed history in the making..and I was watching Charlie too! All night I watched the election results coming in. From 6:30 to 10:00 I sat on the edge of my bed watching, my family thought I was nuts, and at 10:00 I came downstairs to the living-room…I too will never forget…

  9. That was an awesome post! Loretta from Poetry and Other Ramblings sent me over here and I am glad she did. You captured what I was feeling in that moment eloquently.

    I would only add that as I saw blacks and whites celebrating together at his victory, I heard Martin Luther King in my heart:

    “that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'”

    Tuesday was the day he was talking about.

  10. Great post!

    I remember where I was and what I was doing in both of those moments as well… I was sleeping, and my husband (who believes you HAVE to be awake for an historic moment) woke me up for both of them!

    You’re right about acting, I have some things I would like to make happen and I have always placed them on the back burner. Thanks for the little nudge.

  11. OK forget Barak Obama, look at that CUTE picture of you and baby!!! ooohh, it’s melting the icy layer of my heart and making my want a baby!!! wait… the husband will NOT want to know that… putting icy layer back up now!
    So precious and beautiful!

  12. What a beautiful baby you’ve got

  13. What a beautiful post. Yes, it was amazing to watch the history taking place that night. It gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. I will never forget this amazing moment.

  14. I agree, he is a great inspiration to many and I wish him much success! I enjoyed your post very much, even though I did not vote for him.

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