Growing up, you always hear kids say something along the lines of, ‘When I’m President’ or ‘I want to be the President’.
That wasn’t me.
I have no desire to be the President, but what I have always wanted to be was a Senator.
There was no ‘ah ha’ defining moment on this. It was just something that grew in the back of my head as I continued to get older. In fact, my decision to study Philosophy in college was based on the fact that I felt that studying philosophical theory and debate would be beneficial on the Senate Floor.
The thought of running for public office was, and still is, intimidating for me. Not because I am afraid of the challenge, or that I don’t think I can do it. I can do anything I want.
I’m an introvert, and being introverted is often seen as some sort of character flaw because to an extroverted personality, it is not understood. We just interact with the world in a different way.
The extrovert thrives on crowds and the spotlight. It energizes then and feeds them. Not so much with the introvert, it actually does just the opposite. It exhausts us and wears us down.
I can’t help it. It is just who I am.
But for 30+ years, this desire to be the a catalyst of change has been gnawing in the back of my head. As I continue to go through my own personal struggle and experience injustice and the repeated attempts to silence my voice, that desire grows and grows.
What was once an ember has grown into a inferno inside of me that can no longer be contained.
For too many, their voice and power has been taken from them by a system that has grown lazy and corrupt by a few drunk on their own power.
Too often I watch people sit on the sidelines and complain, but complaining is useless. If something bothers you so much, shut up and go do something about it.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Our legacy is defined not by what we do, but by what we leave behind.
Unfortunately my future in Office does not rest in my hands.
Money. Politics. Message. They all play a role in the battle for the hearts of the People.
What I do control is my ability to craft a message that resonates with others and brings them to an accepted belief of who I am and what I stand for.
That is part of what I practice every day.
I don’t know when I will run. It could be next year, it could be in 10 years. But when that times comes, you will know who I am and what I believe in, because I will have been crafting that message daily for years.
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