I nearly danced into my polling place this year, so thrilled by the warm weather and the cheerful busyness of a democracy at work.
You don’t have to look too far outside of this country to recognize how privileged we are to participate in free and fair elections. We are a young, cantakerous, imperfect, vast and varied group of people. We still have a lot to learn about where we came from, who we are and how we treat each other.
And every single morning we wake up with the opportunity to improve.
That’s freedom, baby.
Of course, it isn’t free. It’s born of a collective, overwhelming effort; nutured by introspection and a willingness to learn; advanced with bravery; protected through consistent, hard, heart-breaking work.
Three days after we exercise our right to vote, we get to thank the people who defend it. I love that too. I’d like to think election year Veteran’s Days have special meaning but, the truth is, every day should be a thank-a-veteran day.
Happy Veteran’s Day to all who serve or have served.