Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thoughts on the Morning After...

I'm still in total amazement.

The United States of America has just elected Barack Obama as its first Black President. And Michelle Obama is now our new first lady.

This is such an extraordinary moment and to be honest, I don't know how I made it through the night and to this point without bursting into tears, 'because this is really something I thought I'd never see – and I'm only 31. My mind is simply blown.

The world feels different today. I can't really put my finger on it, but this day just doesn't seem like the last. In the past, I've tried to describe this feeling as saying "my atmosphere is off," the same feeling I get when a major holiday falls in the middle of the week and you find yourself forgetting that it is indeed Wednesday and not Saturday, 'cause everyone being off and the pomp and circumstance makes it feel like a weekend. I have that feeling now – like today is something other than what it is. I don't know; maybe it's… Maybe it's…

Maybe it's CHANGE.

I have a renewed hope for America and her people. Even the ones who voted for McCain and those racist bigots who dislike Obama because of the color of his skin (never mind that Obama is, technically, half white). I just have a feeling that the good guys won, and that all can be right. And to see the reaction of the world, people from different countries and representing all types of backgrounds, dancing, cheering, singing, gives me pause because for the first time in a long time, it seems the world loves America again…

And you know what? It feels great to be loved.