Mile Markers

There are so many mile markers in life. We count days till, days from, years alive, years since...all sorts of milestones.

Most people probably list getting their drivers license, getting married, kids births...and the like as their life's mile markers. These are great examples.

Others might mention the day Kennedy was shot, John Lennon's assassination, Reagan getting shot.

What about the first moon landing, first space shuttle launch, first time in an airplane, first book that really caught your attention?

All great examples of life changing events.

In my humble opinion, I imagine I will look back on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 as a life changing milestone event...the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Of course, there will be lots of critics and lots of microscopic inspection of every word of every speech. That's fine. Because for the first time in many, many years, I heard a speech by a President that made me glad to be American. I heard a speech that made me feel like I was welcome and part of America. For the hour or so that I listened to the swearing in and speech, I didn't feel threatened or under attack from my government. It was a very emotional moment.

As the speech pointed out, there is work to do, and possible challenges ahead, but I am hopeful, and I think many feel the same way.

On to the next milestone with enthusiasm. Enjoy!

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