Make up your mind to be the best version of yourself that you can possibly be…regardless of who gets elected for president.
Make up your mind to change things, invent things, challenge things, or at least question things…regardless of who gets elected for president.
Make up your mind to promote creative thinking and constructive action everywhere you go…regardless of who gets elected for president.
Make up your mind to be the kind of person who will commit to doing at least one thing on a daily basis that contributes to the well-being of others…regardless of who gets elected for president.
Make up your mind to enjoy the freedoms you already have…regardless of who gets elected for president.
Make up your mind to keep fighting for a better future…regardless of who gets elected for president.
Make up your mind to see yourself as a person who’s capable of influencing the world for good…regardless of who gets elected for president.
I can’t predict who’s going to win the presidential election this year, four years from now, or any other year, but I can predict one very important thing you should strive to remember:
Between the age when you’re old enough to vote and the age when you die, there’s a fairly decent chance that you’ll get at least one president that you really don’t like.
I’m sorry to bear the bad news, but this is one of those facts that you’re just going to have to deal with. No matter how much you try to criticize and change the people who disagree with you, you are condemned to live in a world where your freedoms, luxuries, dreams, and needs will be negatively affected by the presence of people who either play unfairly or who simply don’t share your values.
This heartbreaking observation means something very important for those who long to have a positive impact on the world:
If you ever plan on developing any meaningful sense of self-esteem, self-respect, or self-confidence, then you’ll need to develop these qualities in a political environment that doesn’t give you permission. That is, you will never become a creative force or an agent of change if you buy into the idea that politicians and political events have complete control over your fate and potential.
At some point in your life, you will need to make up your mind to get things done even when bad people, dishonest people, corrupt people, or stupid people are in power. No civilization has ever had the luxury of avoiding this possibility and I highly doubt that you’re going to be the very first exception.
Keep on being brutally honest about everything that stinks. We need those observations.
Keep on reminding us of how bad it’s going to get if X,Y, or Z happens. We need those conversations.
And do you know what we don’t need? We don’t need any more people wasting our time by telling us to quit fighting for a better world. We don’t need any more people who only believe in the power of creativity when things are neat, nice, and perfectly dandy. We don’t need any more fair-weather freedom fighters who only advocate beautiful possibilities when there are no ugly realities in sight. We don’t need any more liberty lovers who aren’t willing to believe in liberty, or celebrate liberty, or fight for liberty, or take a chance on liberty when liberty is in the middle of getting its butt kicked.
We need people who choose to be confident creators, inspiring innovators, and self-determined strategists no matter how hopeless things begin to seem.
We need people who have made up their minds to live as freely as they can at all times. We need people who have made up their minds to never give up on themselves nor on the meaningfulness of trying to fill the world with love, light, and liberty one good deed at a time.
Freedom isn’t just this flimsy thing that you vote for every four years. Freedom is a lifestyle and a state of mind that you can’t ever afford to stop investing in…regardless of who gets elected for president.