The "P" word. A word that makes most people cringe because of the awful things seen on the news every day and the bad reputation DC has for being a swamp. Trust me, I get it. I have just as bad of an impression as most of you on the state of certain things, which is exactly why I've set such lofty goals for myself.
10-15 year plan I want to run for either United States House of Representatives or Senate. I want to be a member of Congress and I want to aid in the development of legislation that benefits the American people. I watch the news daily. I read the news daily. I read social media posts from friends, strangers, bloggers, and analysts alike that pick apart every bit of a given current event they can. I make my own educated decisions and beliefs on certain topics. I have pre-existing beliefs that I have developed based on my own life experiences. Sometimes these beliefs waiver and sometimes they hold true. But my constant conclusion on everything is that there is always positive change to be made and I want to influence that change.
I've talked to many of my family and friends about my goals and the feedback has been nothing short of amazing. Everyone that surrounds me on a day-to-day basis adds more encouragement and support each and every second. Will I have setbacks? Yes. Will I maybe fail once or twice? Yes. Will it be the best journey I can think of? Definitely yes.
I'm in the early stages of my professional life. At only 25 I've been in the full-time workforce for 4 years and have completed two degrees while now working on a third. There is no part of me that has every wanted to follow the rules and play by the book. I constantly challenge myself to grow and learn during each passing day. In my current job I have the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work with local government officials and their staffs. These are the interactions that mold me and help forge my path ahead. I have met Commissioners, Councilmen, Mayors, Governors, and Congressmen alike and have been able to learn first hand how they perform the difficult task of representing a diverse population of people.
In having these great opportunities to learn and grow with each passing day I can't help but want to make as much possible change as I can. I meet such beautiful American people every where I go in every corner of this nation. They're all extremely different with their own rich regional cultures, heritages, traditions, and social norms. Seeing these unique differences first hand as often as I do truly explemplifiues how amazing it is that we have these differences making up one perfectly diverse country. This is a country I want to stand for and I strive to make a difference for the better.
I don't have a specific game-plan, nor do I know where I will be officially settling to have a family. My hope at this time is that I can establish myself in a community within the next five years or so. From there I want to start small. I want to run for some sort of local office. I truly believe that local government is the cornerstone of our larger political system and those that hold positions like Mayors, Councilmen and women, and Commissioners have some of the most difficult yet rewarding jobs because they're working almost all day every day directly with their constituents, right in their communities. From there I'll see where opportunities present themselves... maybe the House, maybe the Senate, hell... maybe the Presidency! I've never set low goals or dreamed mediocre dreams so I might as well aim big.
So for now I'll leave it at that. It means a lot to me to actually be able to put my goal up on my blog as means of accountability and a reminder to myself that I truly want to be the change I envision. I also hope that those of you thinking about running for political office can read this and know that you can also be that change. Each and every one of us has the ability to make a difference and achieve anything we put our hearts and minds to. I wish the best to all of you in your endeavors and I appreciate your future support of mine!