I haven't done an issue of IWantChange.org in nearly a year! I've just been so crazy doing this album, I haven't had time to do both. Unfortunate timing for me, because as I took this year off of IWantChange.org**. "Change" freakin blew up! I feel like it was plucked right out of my brain. Of course, we move amongst each other in so many unknown ways, perhaps it was.
Anyway, I remember writing about Obama in '04(you can read it HERE). I, like so many of us, saw his speech at the DNC and fell in love. Back then, his presidency seemed only a whimsical fantasy. One of those "Ohhhh, it'd be so nice if..." To now sit here a short 4 years later and see it becoming a reality is truly amazing.
For the first time in a long time I feel proud of America. I feel (and also feel a little manipulated by) hope! Hopeful of a new milestone, of healing. Hope that we just might have a smart person back in the drivers seat again. Hopeful that he remains genuine. Hopeful that after Tuesday, when the Change broohaha has died down, we still strive for it.
It's a long road to not only repairing, but moving our country forward, and it merely BEGINS with changing who's in the White House. I'm hopeful that in the coming years we'll take a hard look at our selves and be honest with what we find. For once we win this election(I'm manifesting!), we need to look inward and address our consumer culture, our disposable mentality. We need to examine how we take in information. We need to become critical thinkers again.
I'm hopeful of the tide of people that got up and stood behind Obama. As with all leaders, Obama's just another guy without our numbers. Not only did we do this, but we can ALWAYS do this. The power has always been ours to hold. I'm hopeful that we remember this power, and use to it to fight for a more just and balanced world - ALWAYS.
**for those of you that don't know, iwantchange.org is a web magazine my mom and I started in '04, long before change became Obama's slogan