We live in a great country. A country that allows people that are born with nothing to rise to something, something great. That let’s us have a choice in what we say, who we elect and how things are run. We aren’t limited to being told what will happen, we get the chance to play an active role. We get to vote and with that vote we get to voice our opinion and have a say in the decisions made.
My entire life, voting hasn’t been a “big deal”. I haven’t had to fight for my right to vote as a citizen or a woman. It was given to me, as a gift from the people and women that came before me. Maybe that’s the problem with our generation. So much was handed to us that we don’t see a need to fight? We’re filled with ambivalence. A “not worth our time” agenda. It’s sad, and we need to change that. Plus, as an added bonus to voting, if your party doesn’t win, you officially have the right to be unhappy. Didn’t vote? Then you, my friend, have to suck it up.
So this year put on your big girl or big boy pants and get out to vote. I don’t care if you vote republican, democrat, green, or some different party completely. Just do it. And, in case you’re feeling dismayed by the political ads out there, un-interested in any of the candidates and sporting an “I’d rather not vote than vote for one of those yahoos” thought process, read this article by Seth Godin . I guarantee it will change your mind.
Plus, getting the “I voted” sticker is totally worth a wait in line at the polls. Wish they sent those with the mail in ballots…
*Photo credit: hi fi parasol