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!