In high school a guidance counselor nominated me to attend a leadership conference. I clearly remember the incredible energy that took over the group of 100+ high school students from all over Northern California. It started slowly, building upon the inspiration of the students that had been the year before. By the end of the short weekend each one of us truely felt like we could make changes - we could make a difference. I remember writing in my journal "I want to always remember the feeling I had this weekend". But, over time that feel faded. I still know it is in my power to create positive change, but the imense inspiration and excitement that I had that weekend in high school hasn't really come back. I am searching for it.
After hearing Obama speak tonight I feel our country is catching the feeling of inspiration that I felt that weekend in high school. It is in our hands to make a difference and create change. Our voices can be heard. It is an amazing time to live in where our president-elect can stir up such inspiration in the people.
"So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can."