Okay, this is for the ladies out there! Well, not only for you, but let’s face it, our voices need to be heard now more than ever (at least in most of our lifetimes). I am sure that I am not alone when I say that it is easy to become complacent, especially when we feel comfortable with where we are in life. I am also sure that you have heard this before, “Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
I am feeling the need to share some of my thoughts about what we are experiencing in today’s climate. It is about fear and not giving into it and how that can apply to so many things in our lives. It can be as simple as a fear of spiders, or as complex as a fear of going outside. I have known people with both of those fears. We are in a time now where fear is being used to manipulate us. This is a common thing for people seeking control over another. This is done in numerous ways. Let’s take something that is done automatically in sales and advertising…buy it now, this is a once in a lifetime sale! You won’t see these prices again! Need I say more? That is an excellent example in comparison to some of the political ads we see today, or social media ads telling us who we need to vote for, or else. So, in case you are wondering, I will make my point clear.
This is about getting out there and voting. It is about not giving into the belief that your vote doesn’t matter or everything is rigged. It is about voting, but more importantly, about voting for what you truly believe. To get the results you desire, it takes more than just getting out there to the polls or filling out a ballot. It is about believing in something and researching to find who shares those beliefs. It is about being honest and true to yourself and others. Some say voting is a privilege, some say it is a right, what do you say? In most democracies, a person is given the “right” to vote just for being born. We all know that so many do not exercise that right and those who do can affect the fate of billions of people. We have also experienced unfair voting laws that make it difficult or even impossible in some states for minorities to vote. Although so many may have the right to vote, voting rights are taken away from those who have a felony on their record. Before there was a constitution, we were not inherently born with the right to vote. I can point to hundreds of debates on this subject, but the bottom line is that most Americans have the right to vote and a considerable number do not exercise that right. For the very reasons listed above, where so many may be denied this right unjustly, those of us who can vote now can make a difference and create change for others who are not so privileged.
I like to consider voting a privilege rather than a right because that implies that it is somewhat of a gift and it makes it more appealing to the individual. I admit that I did not always vote, I took it for granted and just assumed that others would get it right! Well, guess what? That didn’t happen. Now I know how important it is to study the candidates, read about them, visit their websites, learn their ideas, beliefs, skills, backgrounds, and experiences. Learn about the propositions that are out there, dig deep to find the truth (and boy, do you have to dig deep these days!!). Once you have taken that time to understand the choices that are there for you, balance them with your own beliefs, and you will find that it was worth the effort.
One more thing before I close this out, share this advice with your friends and family, teach your children the value of voting to show them the importance of using their own power to make the choices they value. Always remember that complacency is the real opponent when it comes to elections and to living a fulfilled life!
“Let your choices reflect your hope, not your fears.” by Nelson Mandela
By Tina G