The election is over but our lives go on

This is me, celebrating my 5th American birthday. I wanted to run in front of my mountains with the biggest flag I could carry :)

This is me, celebrating my 5th American birthday. I wanted to run in front of my mountains with the biggest flag I could carry :)

As an American, I feel so proud for having the right to vote when I think that the first time my father was allowed to do so he was 45. And we both did it with fear.

Few people think - or know - that what we argue so much about is considered a privilege in many places. When you grow up in dictatorship there are many uncertainties in life and lots of fear. 

The right to vote - or not to vote - is still a privilege in my eyes. In my native country we say we have the right to vote too (since 1989) but I don't see it as a right as you have to justify and pay a fine if you don't go to vote - and there are consequences for that.

In America we have the right to argue, to vote, to disagree. The system we live under allows us to have hopes and dreams and still believe that justice can be reached. We have the law of the land.

Today I wanted to share that I am very proud, again, of being one of us. It took me 8 years and a  half to earn the right to be a citizen. The day I took the oath I cried. Every year I celebrate my American birthday in June 27, when my new life as an American started.

Let's remember the good of all: we are free people. Life goes on: some friendships will be broken, others will be built. People will keep some jobs or move on to new endeavors. Politicians will keep fighting and arguing and we still have to do our part. After all, they work for "We, the people".

Let's keep an eye on them, and send them letters, and ask them questions, and demand answers about their responsibilities in representing us. If they do a lousy job, we are also responsible.

Let's do our part in our neighborhood, our schools, our workplaces.

We, the people, have more strength than they think. That actually, is the real power we, the Americans, have: a collective thinking, a belief system that was given to us from our constitution so we can keep on checking if things are still the way they are supposed to be.

When we forget everything , we can always come back to our constitution, the same way we come back to our family pictures, to make sure that what is right is right. 

Simone Severo