America.

America.

November 08, 2020

Well, it’s been a few years since I’ve be genuinely proud to be American. We knew Trump’s presidency wouldn’t be great, but it had completely run terror throughout the nation to the point where my heart has been broken in half. But today, I woke up to a new, yet familiar America as we continue to slowly restore it.
My friends, today I danced. I danced for my black brothers and sisters. I danced for the LGBTQ community. I danced for the outcasts. I danced for those who suffer from mental health, for those struggling with addiction. I danced for Hispanics. I danced for Asians. I danced for immigrants. I danced for equality. I danced for human rights. I danced for science. Women’s rights. I danced for unity. I danced for freedom. I danced for happiness. I danced for humanity. 
I thank you all as friends and especially as fellow Americans who have done their civic duty. Thank you everyone for voting—in which many of our ancestors and those before us had given their precious lives for. This is something we take for granted. 
This nation is not perfect. Nor will it continue to be perfect in the future. Mistakes will still be made and the beauty is that we can improve it. Through the dark history of America, we must study, learn, and keep our history alive. Our nation needs work. It will take a long time. Change doesn’t happen over night. Roots growing for centuries feeding off of hate, racism, and xenophobia continue to run rampant through the veins of America. Not one single president or person can fix it. It’s when we work together. This is the American spirit my late father had always taught me about. And we took the first step.
America had been stolen from all of us for the past 4 years by some who had dangerously changed that narrative. With that being said, I do not believe in all aspects of cancel culture and we must forgive, educate those who do not agree with us. It’s not going to be easy, but they are Americans too.
I must honestly say that these candidates were not my first choice, but felt that it was the most responsible decision to make for the country. We the people have elected a leader who was for all Americans—not just for a specific group of people. This is an act of selflessness. 
I acknowledge my extremely privileged life, and want the same for others. I will always advocate and vote for a better quality of life for all. I have devoted to never keep quiet about issues that need attention and hope to encourage others to do the same. As Joe wonderfully put, it is the time for healing. It is the time to unify.
I keep in mind that we had the benefit of learning from history and being able to have the chance that Nazi Germany did not have. Yesterday gave me hope and mostly POSSIBILITIES. Yes, it can happen here in America.
I’m proud once again to be an American. Congrats, Joe and Kamala. Your successes will now be ours.
I am so over the hills happy. Christmas really did come early this year. 
Thank you for reading. 😊
Ps. This was the first time I’ve hung my flag in 4 years! (Don’t forget to shine a light on your flag at night! 😀)
Carmen



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