During the most recent presidential election it was intriguing the level of fear that seemed to exist around this much, and some would argue over, publicized event. People were genuinely worried sick about the outcome if the side they supported did not win. There is some irony in this given that the United States is heralded as the land of freedom and where democracy reigns supreme; yet an election outcome was being greeted by fear.
When we vote, we have a choice and democracy is such that, as a nation, we should take responsibility for those whom we elect; whether we like them or not. With this type of government we are supposed to respect whomever the system chooses to elect. However what often happens if we don’t get the person we want, we slip into victim mode complaining about either higher taxes or inaccessible healthcare, depending on your perspective.
This is not to suggest a passive resistance to issues you do not agree with. Speaking up for what you believe in is a choice and as history will show has often been a game changer. But very often we forget about how we can truly influence our individual lives through our own actions. We all possess the ability to shape outcomes through the choices we make and if we take responsibility for these actions, we will learn from our mistakes and celebrate our successes. Don’t forget, independence is a key constituent of democracy.
Do you really want to sit around and wait for government to shape your destiny? Truth is they can’t and, if they do, it’s only to a very small degree. You are the main player in your game of life, so step up and take responsibility. Decide upon choices that improve your resolve and agility, make you more informed, allow you to be creative and then consequently whatever life might throw at you, you can rise to the challenge.