Tuesday, November 4, 2008


1.to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone

2.to transform or convert

Change.... the seasons are shifting and the leaves are falling, the weather is urging us to change attire and the whole world is waiting in anticipation for change. Sure CHANGE is Obamas campaign slogan, but whether you're voting for Obama or not, CHANGE is what our country is ready for. It's what the millions of people are outside waving flags, plastering bumper stickers and standing in line for. It's what the volunteers who have been sleeping on floors and knocking on doors of strangers, facing up to people with different beliefs are asking for.
So much of the time we wait for some EVENT; New Years, birthdays, the first of the month, to CHANGE when really, every day we have the opportunity to choose change. Maybe it's change in relationships, maybe it's the energy you roll out of bed with before you go to work.....there's little things we say, "I'd like to do that..." or "I wish I...." or "If this were different...." well change doesn't come in one BIG step then it's done, change starts small. Change starts when we decide what words we choose to say- to ourselves, to our friends, to our coworkers. Change starts when we go left instead of right, when we open our minds, when we close ourp0 mouths and decide to listen instead.

Change starts the minute we wake up, IF we choose it.

There's a lot I'd like to change; I'd like to change the way I worry and use the energy I fuel it with for something better, I'd like to change the way I obsess over the 5 mini Twix I ate and instead be glad that I could eat at all. I'd like to change the way I procrastinate returning emails, the way I suck at putting my clothes away and that my room looks like a fifteen year old girls who's obsessed with teeny boppers and graffiti? I'd like to change my diet, my dating habits and the oil in my car. The beautiful thing? I can, I can change all of that. TODAY.

The other day when I canvassed for Barack Obama, I had the privilege of seeing Michelle Obama speak and spoke about the ability we have as Americans to achieve our dreams, but only if we change. If we make education affordable so people that want to be Doctor's, teachers, artists, lawyers aren't buried in student loans when they graduate and thus have to do something other than what they dreamed in order to pay them off. So that we don't have to see our friends and family skip a visit to the doctor's office because they can't afford it and risk getting sick or six feet under thousands of dollars in debt.... (my Dr appt. the other day $200..... for a simple check up)

If we let the people around us, that are hard working people, live a better quality of life then we live in a better WORLD.

When we change the way we think about people that are different than us, that have chosen a different path, religion, sexual orientation, we live in a more accepting, PEACEFUL world. Peace isn't as complicated as we make it, and it IS attainable, if we take the steps necessary to CHANGE.

Today we are given that right as AMERICANS to make a change....to be proud of our leader, to feel like we have voices that are being heard- so use them! GET OUT TODAY AND VOTE. PLEASE. PLEASE. It's our duty and our privilege.

Change starts somewhere, what change do YOU want to see?


Kelissa said...

Thank you. I could not agree with you more.

Kendall said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I went to my polling place today at 5:45. Stood in line for an hour. Yet, that 30 second time frame where I stood in front of the computer and voted for Barack Obama was SO worth it. Made me feel damn good.

I'd like to change my attitude in general -- be more thankful, less judgmental, more optimistic, etc. I can't help but think that waking up tomorrow, knowing that Obama will be our next President, will make my own change THAT much easier.

Katelin said...

seriously what a great post chelsea, this is awesome.

well-intentioned heartbreaker said...

I've read so many posts on the election today. And not to take anything away from a single one of them, because they were all fantastic, but yours is so immaculately written - I love.

As for the change I want to see? On a bigger scale, I want everyone to vote no on prop 8. I want to see the change, where everyone has the same rights. And a much, much smaller scale? I want to change the fact that the way I feel about myself, and the confidence I portray, varies with how I'm feeling about my appearance. I'm going to change the fact that I am quieter when I have a pimple on my face. And that I'm more outgoing when I'm having a terrific hair day. I'm going to learn to be myself, no matter what physical attributes are on, or off each day.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

well intentioned heartbreaker- Here here to the changes you're making, I think I could do the same. Realizing that there is more to us other than our outside especially because others see it why can't we? Do people really care if we have a pimple or gain five pounds...probably not. If they do they aren't worth it, it's US that care and we need to value ourselves a bit more than that. Thank you for always being a supportive commenter ;)


Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

Crossing my fingers change is on the way. Otherwise, there may be a mass influx of people heading to Canada.

I'd like to see a place that is attempting to solve the problems before the happen. GASP! I'd like to see health care more readily available to those who really need it and I'd like us to creep the hell out of the middle east and maybe think about the future and all this oil we're constantly burning away. Just a few measly little things.


Melain said...

I would like to change how much the Federal Government has to say about what we can and can't do. Put things back on a more local level. I would also like to change my housecleaning habits. I procrastinate until it can't be ignored any more. I'll start that one tomorrow! Thanks for the pep talk babe.

katieleigh said...

I live in Australia, but I'm happy Obama is going to making our decisions instead of Bush :)

I also suck at putting my clothes away and wish I had 5 mini twix's to eat right now!

Good post x

Rebekah said...

I fully agree with what you said about making education more affordable - THAT is a change we need. My doctor friends enter residency making $40k a year TOPS and saddled with at least $100k in loans. Granted, they make a lot more when out of residency, but the doctors we need most - internists, family practitioners, general medicine - are the ones who make the least after residency.

Would I have gone to med school if I wasn't terrified of the debt? You know, I might have.

kokostiletto said...

yea obama!

Katie Says So said...

Thank you SO much for this post Chelsea!!! I am having such a hard time here in Nebraska. It is truly, so hard. I have been a strong Obama supporter for quite some time now and it is very difficult when people are so hateful about him here in central Nebraska.

The change I would like to see is for people to open their minds and hearts to others. We are not living in the 1950's and we certainly didnt elect flava flav into office!!!

I am going out of my mind!!!! I cant possibly wrap my mind around the idea that some of these "Christians" allow themselves to hate so much...I dont think that their God would really want them to be doing that either.

The only change I truly want, is more love.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Katie says so- thank you for such a wonderful comment, you're absolutely right. I also feel like the more people who continue to not support him are just going to cause more division. Disbelief is not what we need when the rest of the country and world for that matter is searching for HOPE.

jb said...

Looks like I'm not the only one writing about change. :)

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