Election Day is finally here in the U.S of A. This means that pretty soon, we can put all the social media disagreements behind us and get back to our normal commercials. It also means we’ll finally know who won, and we’ll move forward as a nation.
In spite of who wins and who doesn’t today, I am stepping back from my opinions to be thankful that I even get a say in the matter. The first time I voted at the ripe old age of 21, I walked out of the booth bawling and gleaming because I had the right to vote! I still get choked up every time I cast a ballot because I recognize that I am so fortunate to be in a country and an era when I have that right.
Less than 100 years ago, women couldn’t vote in the U.S, and look at us now! In most countries in the world, women share the same voting rights as men, but there are still some countries that do not allow women to vote.
I live in a world where over 100 countries have only a partly or non-democratic government. There are more countries that are not democratic than those that are. “Of the more than 6.6 billion people in the world, about 3 billion live in free countries, and the other 3.6 billion live in partly democratic or non-democratic countries (Democracy Map).”
I had no control over the country where I was born, or my gender, or my class. The truth is, I am really really fortunate. And if you live in the US, you are, too. Remind yourself of that tonight, especially if you’re upset about the outcome. You live in a free country, and you can vote again every year!