In the summer of 2006 I had made plans to visit with a friend of mine in North Carolina. We juggled our complicated schedules and made time for one another. However, it was right afterward I received an invitation to a dinner party with Barack Obama and Joe Biden. I was torn between loyalty to my friend and going to the dinner party to personally ask Barack Obama to run for president. It was not an easy decision to make, but I decided to see my friend. Campaigns are fleeting events, but this friend will be my friend until we part this earth.
It is more than two years later, exploratory committees have come and gone, the primaries have come and gone, the conventions are over, along with a bitter campaign, even the election is over, with Barack Obama becoming President Elect. Now the hard reality for many is that there are no polls to keep track of, no more campaigns to follow, no more anticipation; Barack Obama is a president in waiting and over the next two and a half months the world will watch him set up his cabinet and go through a peaceful transition of power with President Bush. I write this as a reminder to myself and to the world that we may be going through is withdrawal of the two year campaign, especially when I see world leaders react to the new president elect and reactions from every other corner analyzing every single breath he takes. Barack Obama is still not president until that day arrives in January. This is a post election hangover and the most we can do is watch, wait, and get on with our lives.
What to do until that cold day in January arrives. I have thought about it and immediately made plans to visit with my friend of the summer of 2006. We will not see each other until early December, but we will still visit with one another. Then I began thinking about making preparations for Thanksgiving and for Christmas. Maybe this year I will fly home to see my aging parents for Christmas. However, while I was trolling the internet this morning looking for the next big thing to write about I came across an article about hiking trails in Oregon and I began to think about my vacation for next year and the places I would like to go to. The list is long, too long to enumerate, but some of the places I would like to visit include Machu Picchu, and Florence, Italy. There is a world out there to see, many things to do, and a lot of living left to do. In this a post election era, we need to remind ourselves of this. I am planning my next vacation.