Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Jumping with Joy

I think that I have been anxiously holding my breath for months (or, truly, for the past eight years), in a sort of tempered hope that folks would wake up and all of the fear would melt away.

I used to be incredibly involved in politics, in the nitty-gritty of causing change at the grassroots level. After the 2004 election, I just burnt out, horribly saddened, and walked away, needing to preserve my own sanity. My hope for a positive outcome to this election was always balanced by the memory of the crushing disappointment four years ago.

Today, I feel like I can finally exhale.

In fact, from the moment ABC called the election for Obama, I have been sobbing in complete and utter elation.

There are so many reasons to be excited about this win and what it means. For me, it means a return of hope and optimism, and the fact that I don't have to pack up and figure out how to rebuild my business in another country.

And, like Obama said in his speech, "the chance to create the change we seek."

Yes we can.

(Photo from the LA Times)