I wrote this piece 4 years ago before walking into the voting booth and putting in my vote for Barrack Obama. I will walk into that polling place today and vote for Barrack Obama – because I still believe that we need this man to continue to champion for equality and human rights for all of us…..more important than any loss on the value of my property – more meaningful than the hard hits to my credit score during these challenging times – is the simple ideal of fairness, equality and human rights. I will live in a trailer down on the river eating a can of beans every night for the rest of my life in return for equality and justice for all – some things in this world are just more important than the bottom line on some jacked up spread sheet.
When I was in high school — and maybe even more recently than that – I knew everything. At least I thought I knew that I knew everything. My opinions were strong and certain, and even though I understood that everyone else had the right to their view of the world — mine was most certainly the best view. The fair view. The right view.
Time has mellowed and changed this opinionated, righteous rebel – but this heart of mine remains young and certain. My gullible soul wants to believe that the world is inherently good, and people are mostly kind, and that dreams really do come true with or without the trip to Oz…
There is a tide in the world today that is unnatural and scary. Like never before in my memory – the crazed voices of intolerance ring loud and unyielding. Old battles for women’s rights fought and won decades ago creep slowly and deliberately back onto the front pages of our lives. The greed and blind ambition have all but stolen the possibilities of peace, love and understanding for my children and their generation. It is simply the truth. We are living in a most uncertain time – and my simple heart cries out for change.
Today I will do my deal and vote the vote. I will pray the majority of voters take aim with their conscience rather than their bank accounts. I will hope beyond reason that color and age, religious beliefs and personal associations have nothing to do with decency and hope and possibility. I will close my eyes and believe that the road ahead leads us forward and can be paved with equality and opportunity and eternal promise.
So – yeah – I am an optimist. I believe in powerful words, meaningful actions and that the content that fills someone’s time on this earth is more relevant than the lines of a worn out resume and some old story that has lost all relevance in today’s climate.
A friend of mine once said,” You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” I think my friend Pooh Bear knows my heart very well….one step towards the light begins the journey of vision, hope, and possibility.
Enough…that is my rant. Rock on – ride safe – and vote.
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About K. Guzman
Kathy grew up all over the US - lots of east coast time. She is a surfer girl with an unabridged curiosity. A woman whose mid life awakening continues to bring her to the place she was meant to be. Her degree in Journalism/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida is being yanked from the archives and put to good use. Her two kids are grown and rock stars in this wild world – her Harley is ready for some serious summer miles – and her heart remains open to life, women and the possibilities each day brings.