In general, I write my blog posts on the evening before they publish. I time them to post just after midnight here in California. I've just finished watching Obama's victory speech and I find myself at a loss for words.
I've told many friends that I "took a vow of silence" in the blogosphere regarding politics. Not because I question my beliefs or convictions, but because Twenty Four At Heart is not a political blog. There are plenty of political blogs and I don't think any of my readers come here to read my political opinions.
Briefcase and I are members of opposing political parties. We're both very convicted in our beliefs. In general, we cancel out each other's votes on a regular basis. Our political "discussions" have never been more heated than they have been over the course of this last year.
In spite of our disagreements, I pride myself on respecting opinions which vary from mine. How else can we learn and grow as individuals? When I ask Briefcase, "How in the hell can you possibly believe that shit?" I really want to hear his answer. Likewise, when he storms out of the room because he disagrees with me, I know he's just trying to provide me with some quiet time.
We've been married a long time and we're thoughtful like that.
I felt proud of our country as I watched events unfold last night. I was proud of McCain's concession speech. He showed grace and humility and pride in America. I was proud of Obama. He has accomplished the American dream against all odds. I was especially proud that so many Americans care so much, regardless of what their beliefs are.
I feel hopeful. Hopeful for the future of our country at a time when there has been so much dismal news. Just seeing record numbers of voters turn out for the election is inspiring.
I'd like to hear how my readers are feeling today. All I ask is that you be respectful of others if you leave a comment. I have a lot of readers from all over the world. I'd love to hear what the perspective is in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the mid-east, etc. also.
Do you feel positive today? Are you hopeful for a new beginning? Are you just glad the political ads are over? Are you invigorated? Depressed? I hope you'll take the time to leave a comment and share.