Today was a really big day.
It wasn’t just big because it was one of the most pivotal midterm elections in my lifetime. It wasn’t just big because of the media or the climate of the country.
It was big because it was the first time I was able to cast a vote and fulfill my civic duty not only as a citizen of the United States, but also as an active and contributing resident of the state of Oklahoma.
I was pleased to have the distinct honor to participate in this election for my new state. To research and acquaint myself with the public servants, both men and women, in office and not (yet), in a midwestern state that leans pretty heavily to one side of the partisan spectrum. It was a fascinating process that opened my eyes to the possibility of collaboration and hope despite antiquated party differences that have, and unfortunately continue, to divide our nation, down to the state and city levels.
There’s not much more in the world that brings me as much joy as participating in the process of living in a democracy.
Undoubtedly knowing that my voice, my vote, contributes to the effort to protect that freedom and move us toward a status that offers and protects those same freedoms for the repressed.
I voted today for the first time as an Oklahoman.
And damn it felt good.