Wow. I don’t usually post personal issues, and try to leave this space for talking about men’s issues and mental health, but I needed to write a bit about the seismic shift that happened yesterday with the election of Barack Obama as President.
No matter what party affiliation, the idea that America is taking a bold step forward with the first President of African-American decent is overwhelming. To think that this country has, in one day, decisively given hope to millions of Americans who may not have felt part of the American experience is really amazing to me.
I hope that the relations within our country’s borders and outside, both with allies and adversaries, will improve to benefit all people, regardless of race or disposition. I hope that people can feel kindness towards others in a legitimate way, and know that we, as a country, care about people here and around the world.
Barack Obama signifies this shift, this hope for a new dawning. I hope that he can help to repair damaged foreign relationships, and work with the economies of the world to help themselves grow into a model in the mold of the United States. I wait for every American to have the same sense of well-being and security that many of us enjoy by gaining full health insurance coverage that they can afford and that won’t force them to decide between their health and taking care of their family. I hope that renewable energy – and an abundance of it – can create great jobs, cut dependence on foreign oil in the Middle East, and allow Americans to feel good about contributing to the preservation of their planet.
So, today is also good day for the collective mental health of the United States. It’s a good time to be alive.