The Best Of America

For all of the complaints about The United States, there is something to be said for our idealism and our belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

History was made today as the supreme court ruled that same sex couples have the right to get married and receive the same privileges as their heterosexual counterparts.

Marriage is now defined as two adults (regardless of sex) who are ready, willing and able to make a public commitment to each other.

This is not the first landmark case to make history. The ruling carries as much weight as the 19th Amendment (giving women the right to vote) and Loving V. Virginia (the landmark civil right case that broke the anti-miscegenation law that existed in several states).

While we have a long way to go, the fact that this is now the law of the land paves the way for the true democracy that our founding fathers envisioned when they made the bold and dangerous decision to break away from Britain.



A Year Ago

Life is nothing but interesting. We sometimes make decisions and we never know how the outcome of those decisions are going to affect our lives.

A year ago, I made a decision. There was an area in my life where I felt stagnant. Yes, it was comfortable, but I felt like I was in chains. Then I broke free. But I did not look at the whole picture before breaking free.

The last year, professionally speaking, has been a roller coaster.  To say that  it has not been easy is an understatement.  I’ve shed my fair share of tears in the last 12 months. I’ve faced disappointments that I had not had to face in a long time. But I’ve had to dry my tears, pick myself up from the disappointments and move on with my life.

A part of me wishes I could go back and warn my past self about the decision that I would be making. It would be saving myself a year of tears, heartache and disappointment. But we all know that what is done cannot be undone, we can only move forward with our lives.

But another part of me knows that what I have gone through since last summer has made me stronger. I’ve had new opportunities, some which did not work as hoped, but that’s ok. My social circle has grown, I’ve had new experiences and most importantly, I’ve taken the steps to hopefully do in life what I’ve always want to do, instead of what I needed to do.

I’ve also learned to truly appreciate the good things in my life. When life is comfortable, easy and wrapped up in routine, we can sometimes forget to count our blessings.  Shaking up what is comfortable and familiar reminds us to count our blessings, no matter how small.

Life is nothing but a series of changes, large and small. Who I am today as I write this post will be different in a certain sense that who I am one year from today.

What a difference a year makes.

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