the first tuesday in november

My dad sent me a text this morning. It was short, sweet, and to the point. “Don’t forget to vote today…” followed by a quick, “I love you” because dads can’t forget that part, no matter what the message. And the message, no matter how short, was powerful. “Don’t forget to vote today.” Because isn’t that what we should all be doing…if we’re able? There are those who, for whatever reason, aren’t able to vote, and that’s a shame. But those of us who are able, we need to be out there, making the most of our hard fought after right to vote.

I’m not here telling anyone who they should or should not vote for. That’s not my purpose today. There are others better suited to do that. I’m just here to tell you not to forfeit your rights for foolish or selfish reasons. Some of us didn’t always have the right to vote. Women for instance. And when women were fighting for their right to vote, never once did they complain about long lines, or other frivolous inconveniences, getting in the way of their quest.

Once a week, I hop on a stage and sing at the top of my lungs because I feel the need to express myself. I think it fitting my karaoke night falls on election day. I get to express myself at the top of my lungs (or with the click of a box) twice today. And I count myself lucky to be able to do so.

Happy voting all!

Until the next time…I’ll be watching the news for the results.

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Posted on November 6, 2012 .