The deafening sounds of opinions regarding watching the inauguration was so odd to me. Regardless of the candidate standing on that stage, I was set on watching the ceremonial swearing in of the next president. For me, it wasn’t about the person but rather watching our country celebrate our freedoms and looking ahead to the future.
Many are still stuck. They are grieving. For those I say, you might be missing the big picture. Watching our military march, the bands from around the country playing patriotic music, the prominent display of our country’s flag, for me, serve as a reminder that we are a great nation. Seeing past presidents gather together, partisanship aside, to celebrate this country gave me hope.
As I look at our neighbors around the world, I am reminded, we have it pretty good. Of course, there is always work to be done, but our nation is a work in progress just like we all are. When I hear our national anthem and seeing the flags fluttering in the breeze, I fill up with a sense of pride.
The ability to speak freely, march peacefully, and stand up for what you feel passionate about were made possible by our forefathers. No matter what our political views are, I think or at least I hope, that we all can agree we want to continue to move forward in building upon the foundation left by those before us.