Friday, October 24, 2008

The woman I admire

"If you hear the dogs keep going. If you see the torches in the woods keep going. If they are shouting after you keep going. Don't ever stop, keep going. If you want a taste of freedom keep going" she screamed in the convention quoting from Hariett Tubman an abolitionist and humanitarian during the civil war.

You may like her or not!! I didn't like her very much in the beginning of this year, and before I didn't know her very well.

But the more I learned and read about her, I started to like and admire her very much and once in a while wished I was like her.

At first glance she looked very tough, ambitious and sometimes obnoxious. Her straightforwardness, her tireless efforts to succeed and speeches were irritating to me, and maybe I wasn't objective because I liked the other guy, her rival.

I didn't want her to win, I didn't want her to hurt the other guy and couldn't understand her insistence on winning. She had everything until then. She went to best schools, she was one of the best in her profession, she lived in the most desirable house in the country, she has seen many different countries, cultures, she has met world leaders, celebrities, authors. Why is the insistence?

After her bid was over, I wanted to know more about her, something drew me to her. I listened to her speeches and read her books.
She was a human like all of us. Her upbringing, family, neighborhood, friends, traditions and most of all feelings were very similar to those of a lot of people's.

She just wanted to change the world, wanted to make a difference on people's lives most of whom less fortunate. She saw the world as a daughter, student, activist, wife and mother but most of all as an independent educated, self aware woman. She is the one who stood up to the men who ruled the country without hesitation, but she was the one who had worries about her daughter's challenges growing up in public eye as well as children who don't have health care, she was the one who debates toe to toe in men's world and makes sure she is heard by the rest of the world.

While reading her self written biography I realized how open heartedly her life was shared: her mistakes, successes, feelings and her faith. You may not be a believer of any religon but she quotes John Wesley's ,an English preacher and founder of Methodist movement,words and says she took heart on those words :

"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

Even if you are not fond of her you can find some common ground with her with these words, I did.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happiness is where you least expect it: it is all around you.*

I loved it very much. Gives you happiness, joy, makes you laugh and think. You will fall in love with her, I did.

*From the movie's official poster


Two weeks from today we will have an election. It is going to be my second presidential election to see in this country. It wasn't very excited 4 years ago, although everybody I knew wanted to get rid of Bush.

He was elected somehow.

But this year is different. There is a big attention, excitement and interest in the election, especially on my side in our home.
I have been following the primaries since January. Somehow I grew interest in it and started watching the primaries, caucases and the debates. Although I liked Hillary Clinton I supported Obama. I guess I had a crash on him as my friend Catie says.

It was very nerve breaking actually to watch the Democratic primary season coming to an end. Who has the most delegates, who has the popular votes...etc. was the daily struggle. I even contributed Obama campaigned, blogged on his website. I am not eligible to vote since I am not a citizen in the US.
But I figured if am living , working, paying tax here, planning to have and raise a child here, I needed to get involved somehow, small or big, wanted to have an opinion on the issues, and on the other candidate as well.

Why I like Barack Obama? To make it short and precise; he is down to earth, one of us and he is intelligent.
He knows what this country needs, he knows what he needs to do in his presidency. He never says it is going to be easy, he never promised a rosy future, he always said he needed help from people, and he can't do it himself.
He talked about hope, which some people took it for granted. But isn't it the hope that makes us wake up in the morning when we don't have anything else.

Obama according to me represents change and he is a revolutionary figure in the days of darkness and hopelessness. These tough days will be overcome I am sure as they were in the future, I have no doubt about that. But I don't think we can do it with McCain and especially Palin on the ticket. Palin is a very very conservative and shallow figure. She has energized people that's for sure, she is female, young and new figure in the political arena.
I watched her very closely wanted know who she is and wanted to take a pride as a woman to see her in that position. But couldn't find anything.

She is accomplished no doubt about that.
The first thing I didn't like about her is her tone of voice and her mimics especially she makes with her mouth. Her very conservative thoughts about social issues turned me off very badly. I support gay and abortion rights or not. They should be my personal decisions if I needed to make a decision, a government shouldn't be involved on those decisions.
And the biggest moment I grew very apart from her was, (as if I grew very close to her) her very rookie, shallow answers and discussions in the interviews and the debate.
She can't answer any of the questions that have been asked to her and more important that matter to people, she can't keep it simple, she talks about some other stuff and goes deeper and deeper in the mud. It is unbelievable.

14 days from today we will have known who is going to be the president for 4 years. I can't wait to see Obama to have a victory, change the tone and the destiny of this country I live in which I consider home for now. Go Obama has been my mantra since last winter and I hope that it will be for a long time.