Yes, yes ya'll...
'Tis the very last day of the Obama Presidency.
I must admit, I have gotten a bit teary-eyed here and there.
Then I read a few posts on Facebook and I broke out crying. Ugh.
Sometimes, I just think I have to get it all out.
This has been a good eight years for me. There were ups and downs, as there have been all my life.
But it meant something to see, on a daily basis, something I didn't think I would ever see in my lifetime: someone who had skin the color of mine as the most powerful man in the world and leader of this nation. That might sound trivial, I suppose. But I wish I would've had that example when I was younger. I am in my mid-40's, approaching late 40s, but when I was a child, I wish that I could've seen that. Maybe I would have done more with my life. I don't know.
But all I know... he was there and he did his term. And he lives to tell about it. He has been disgraced over and over, and he handled it with grace. That in itself is a fitting example, for me at least. I am more likely to shrug off bad treatment than I use to be, that's for sure. And it is because I have seen him and our First Lady do the same.
Job well done, President Obama. I have no complaints.
I look at my life over the last eight years. I have no complaints. I make more money, I have been promoted, on the job. I save more money. I have grown mentally. So much more has gone on. Like I said, ups and downs, basically, the joy of life.
And that will continue.
I now have something burned into my subconscious mind.
No one will EVER be able to tell me that I won't be able to accomplish something because I am black. Sorry. Not gonna happen.
I have had a black president, who accomplished some great things.
This means I can accomplish great things.
Never mind me though...
One of my favorite photographs from the past 8 years:
You, me or no one else will be able to tell that little boy that he is less than because of the color of his skin. No one will ever be able to tell him that he cannot be or do whatever he wants to do in life. No one.
You can NOT put the genie back into the bottle.
With that said, thank you Mr. President.
Job well done.
You will have your place in history.
And oh what a great place it will be.
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