Raising My Voice

Yesterday, I went to the Marblehead Town Clerk’s office to find out when I could pick up the paperwork to run for town selectman. I’ll admit to being a little nervous as I parked outside of the Town Hall and walked inside the building. I even had two faint little voices in the back of my head that were arguing with each other. One was saying, “They’ll never believe this is why you’re here. You look and act too young.” The other voice was a bit more cynical as it said, “There will be so many people running that you won’t stand a chance. Give up now.”

The good thing is that these are voices that I have heard all of my life, being a girl and being a girl who grew up in low income housing, raised by a single mom who struggled to keep food on the table and the lights turned “on.” I heard those little warring voices as well when I moved across the country on my own in order to get my college degree when I was 29 years old. I heard those voices when I applied to grad school, when I published my first book, when I interviewed to work at MIT. Those little voices used to be giant booming sounds when I was younger and kept me from doing many things I could have achieved, but was too afraid to try. Now, “my” voice is a booming voice and it drowns out those faint little worries that try to keep me from moving forward out of fear and self-doubt. I simply won’t be held back any longer. In fact, I haven’t been held back for a long time, and I have achieved some pretty incredible things in my life.

So, I opened the door to the Town Clerk’s office. The staff was really nice and very welcoming. Unfortunately, the paperwork wouldn’t be available until February 1st, but I can pick it up anytime after they open. Yes, I’ll be back on February 1st at 8:00 am sharp.

I’m also in the process of setting up a fairly simply website for my political candidacy and my political future. I’m no cookie cutter politician nor am I a career activist, and while I am a registered Democrat and a liberal, I have a wide variety of beliefs and political interests that don’t always fall neatly within political buckets. So, I may set up my web page to reflect “me” and my politics rather than just the party to which I belong.

One of the things that I am still trying to decide is what to do with this blog, which I am using to talk about various activities that I enjoy as well as random political thoughts. However, the rashness and brashness of the current President and his cabinet has become extremely upsetting for me and for many, many Americans. I feel like our country is reeling out of control and too many people are in the “wait and see” mode while others simply don’t know what to do … and then there are those who agree with everything that is happening and support it despite the chaos and destruction. I do not like anarchy and that’s what I feel taking root.

We are at a turning point. We either need to turn toward a brighter future or we will head off in the wrong direction, careening headlong down a dark and dangerous path. We must all do what we can to ensure the safety and security of our communities, country, and world. Whether it’s a phone call, making a contribution to a group, or showing up in person, we must all raise our own voices to be heard and to make lasting change for a brighter future.

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