We need an ocean of change.
Every vote is a drop that helps create that ocean.
Each vote seems so small and insignificant, but without the drops there is no ocean.
As some of you who are reading this know, I have never voted before.
I had never been registered to vote until this summer, but was moved to do so as a result of an increased awareness of the social injustice and systematic racism in this country.
I didn't just feel a responsibility to register (and vote!), I also felt compelled to try to get others to do the same thing.
So, I turned my phone camera on myself and recorded a message telling my story of registering to vote for the first time and imploring those in similar positions to do the same.
It wasn't the easiest, or most comfortable, thing to do but once I hit "Share" on IG I felt great about it.
I felt like I had done a good thing and hopefully made an impact that day by encouraging at least one other person to register.
Less than an hour later, most, if not all, the wind had been taken out of my sails.
I received a call from a good friend who lives in a different state.
He had seen my post and his response was this: "Well, Biden is going to win Delaware regardless, so your vote isn't going to mean much anyway."
I got silent on the phone as I processed what he had said.
He didn't mean to hate...but Damn, it sure felt like he was hating.
I started to entertain the idea that he could be right...
I wasn't sure, to be honest, but either way it killed my whole "making an impact" vibe, and the feeling that I had when I put myself out there on the video was gone.
Then later that day I came across a really important article.
I don't know how I found it, (maybe it found me) but I do know why I came across it, and it's the same reason I'm sharing this with you.
The article was written by President Barrack Obama one week after the murder of George Floyd.
Here is the part of the article that really hit me, and why everyone, NO MATTER WHAT STATE YOU LIVE IN, should vote:
The presidential election naturally gets the most attention and coverage.
But don't be fooled into thinking it's the only political race that is important, or that your vote doesn't have the power to affect change beyond that.
Like President Obama wrote, some of these elections come down to a few hundred votes! (You can read the whole article here.)
If you've made it this far, Thank You for reading this.
I ask only this of you: VOTE (and if you're not registered, Register HERE.)
Vote in the presidential election.
Vote in your local elections.
Vote in every election you can, not just in 2020.