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Yesterday a friend posted an image showing why she voted. It made me question the same. I thought about the Little Rock Nine and one of the most important moments in history, Brown vs Board of Education. I keep this image close to me and I look at it all the time. Its uncomfortable and reminds us of a time in our history that was despicable. However, when I look at this image I’m not filled with rage but with courage. I’ve done some pretty incredible things in my life and have been scared like hell but managed to push through. Everytime I am scared or think that I’m not capable to do something that requires great courage I look at this photo of Elizabeth Eckford of the Little Rock Nine. The courage it took to do this, take a stand and make a difference. As we vote and as I prepare for one of the biggest moments in my career I’m thankful for this photo, this moment and the people who did not allow fear to keep them stagnant. Life is scary but I can’t imagine that what I consider to be scary remotely comparable to what my ancestors faced. It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to make a fool of yourself, it’s okay to get it wrong but it’s not okay to keep wondering what could be. You will be surprised of what you can accomplish if you just go for it. Through god, tenacity and success is woven into my blood by the strength and courage of my ancestors. Push through! This is why I vote! | Fairygodboss
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Crystal McLean
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Cassy Lombardi
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Thank you for this motivation and for sharing this!
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Crystal Rhineberger
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professional rofl nevermind lets just wing it
History has happened for a reason! No matter good or bad its what has given us the ambition to change for the better!
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Crystal McLean
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Congratulations! You got this! Someone saw something special inside of you and felt you are capable to perform accordingly. Remember you deserve to be there and good luck!
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trixabelle8
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Thanks so much!
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trixabelle8
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Thank you so much for your post. I am starting a new job tomorrow and needed the reminder that no matter how nervous I am - (and terrified that I'm not ready for it or not good enough or that I will fail utterly and completely) - that only having the courage to show up and trying my best to do really good work will actually bring me happiness and success and the feeling of accomplishment that I want in my life. That all seems like small potatoes compared to the courage of the young woman in the photo - but still, much appreciated on this particular morning !!!
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Liv McConnell
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I love this. And hope your first day went marvelously well!!
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trixabelle8
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Thanks!
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BansheeBailey
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I’ve seen this photo before. She looks like such a lady. There is a touch of “these people are lunatics” in her expression. Every nation on earth has had shameful episodes in its past. Every single one. But they’ve triumphed over evil at other times as well. Slavery still exists - but not here. We wrote that into our Constitution. I don’t think about my ancestors except for my parents; the wrongs done to them were not done to me, and their achievements are not mine. I vote too. It’s a privilege. I can’t imagine not voting. Whatever motivates you to vote is a good thing. ?
User edited comment on 11/17/19 at 6:03PM UTC
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Crystal McLean
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Thanks for sharing! Yes! Voting is a privilege, a right we must exercise regardless of our background and affiliation. My parents success and achievements are not my own but their triumphs were inspirational and enabled me to see what is possible through dedication and tenacity.
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BansheeBailey
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Crystal, I apologize for the late response - I’ve been thinking about what I said and your response. Yes, other people’s triumphs can be absolutely inspirational. My own parents never saw themselves as successes, but to me, they absolutely were (at least, once I grew out of my snotty teen years and opened my eyes.) I had no real reason to think you did consider the sorrows and achievements of other people to be yours and I shouldn’t have gotten all preachy about it. Many thanks for your gracious reply.
User edited comment on 11/19/19 at 1:56PM UTC
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