This is an incredible day in history worthy to celebrate with excitement and anticipation – the inauguration of the 44th president and the first African American to be named president of the United States. I can’t even imagine how joyously overwhelming it must be to attend that momentous occasion. It doesn’t matter if you choose to favor one party over the other or don’t care for politics at all. This is a period of pride and greatness for everyone as an American dream is realized through a very real portion of American history.
As I sit here in my home in Savannah and watch the day unfold on television, I can reflect on what it means for me to be an American and how the sense of pride and accomplishment of the day can be felt even by a 24-year-old girl of Irish and English ancestry who decided to become a writer with hopes of making a difference in the world. I’m not sure what small difference has been made on my account, but that is my hope.
Exactly one month from today, I turn 25. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. As I approach my quarter-life birthday, I realize how blessed I have been and how excited I am to be alive today – to witness exciting moments in history and live in this world. Through the good and the bad and everything in between,2009 is a year of historic importance for myself and America as a whole. I wish everyone great joy this year and all those hereafter!