Yesterday was one of the most historic days in American History…in world history….it was just fantastic!
Barack Obama is OFFICIALLY PRESIDENT Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States of America!! The First person of color to HOLD this OFFICE!
I’m telling you… fantastic!! I don’t even know how to describe the emotions I had and still have! I was jubilant, exuberant elated and…HAPPY!
But what struck me most was something President Obama said during his Inaugural Speech. He challenged America and the world, saying “it’s time to put away childish things”. That phrase struck a chord in me and I didn’t really get the impact of it until I was on my way home from visiting a group of women that I met through my alumni network. (I don’t think they know how much just being in their WONDERFUL presence for that short time taught me!)
I have the trappings of adulthood: good job, mortgage, car, and able to take care of myself…but I realize (after a nice Q & A session with myself) that there are too many people that I’ve allowed to define my “adulthood” to me. Don’t get me wrong, all the people that guided me, mentored me and advised me on right and wrong as I was growing up were all awesome people…especially my parents. To be truthful, I was blessed. But not since I’ve gained this age/status/ownership-defined “adulthood” have I taken the time to really examine what kind of adulthood *I* needed! For so long, I’ve been working to meet some generalized “adulthood”.
So, I asked myself: “Self,” I said “What does being an adult mean to me?”
Softly and gently, the answer came to me on the drive home: Being an adult, to me, is knowing that in any situation, wherever I go, no matter what happens to me…I’m assured that “Aisha” is there.
It was another a-ha moment, but without fanfare or trumpets…it was more like one very bright flash of light. This was something deeply personal that I’d been working with for the past year or so – really getting to know myself.
Who is the “Aisha” that I need when a challenge arrives or when the Universe asks something of me that requires me to go beyond the security of comfortable “things”? Again, the light flashed. That “Aisha” is strong, independent, bold, beautiful and can stand her ground ANYWHERE she plants herself or finds herself positioned. She survives and thrives and is successful in any circumstance because she is resourceful.
This realization was like a shot of steel in my backbone. For the first time in my adult years, I sat up straight, realizing and honoring that Aisha, (and President Barack Obama!)…had arrived.
Now, don’t get me wrong. “Know Thyself.” is a quote I hold dear to my heart. However, it’s my honest belief that our labels should not precede us, but hold us up as our common Humanity takes the lead in this world.
So, Thank you, President Obama for letting your light shine and for inspiring and challenging us all to do the same!