… A dream that will need all the love you can give
Every day of your life, for as long as you live….
-Climb Every Mountain
Rodgers and Hammerstein
I know we’ve seen it a MILLION times… Heard excerpts of the speech throughout our lives. And I can’t help but remember that all the times I’ve watched and heard and read the speech have NEVER moved me so much as it did today. Now, we can chalk it up to me crying at a shiny can of soda lately… but before, I would watch the speech and think… “Sorry for what we’ve done with your dream, Martin…” Thinking about our world, environment, lifestyle and stagnancy (in my opinion). I watched the Boondocks rendition of what they think Martin would say to us today and couldn’t help but agree.
But today… 5 days away from the inauguration of our 44th president… an African-American Man… Well, damnit, I’m all choked up. What undeniable prospect of possibility it’s brought to my heart for our future… What a renewed outlook it’s given me for what’s to come. I’ve never felt so much pride. I’ve never willingly given in to this feeling of HOPE before. It feels amazing. I’m just overwhelmed.
I wanted to share that feeling with you today.
Happy Birthday, Martin.