This is how excited I am to vote tomorrow! Regardless of how you feel about public lands, immigration, healthcare, education, social services, and any number of other extremely important issues, this is your chance to SPEAK UP! So first and foremost:
VOTE: This is where your voice counts, where it doesn’t matter how big a platform you have or how loud your voice is. Cast your vote and be part of pushing this country in the direction you want it to go.
And then, it can’t hurt to LISTEN: Listening to one another shows respect, and if you feel as though someone respects you, you might be more likely to hear them out. It’s important to have friends with different opinions, and at times engage them in conversation about those opinions, but it’s also important to do so with respect for your friendship, and to come out of those situations having learned something.
If you’re feeling ambitious, LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE: 7 years ago I learned to speak Spanish with my primary goal being to communicate an additional 400+ million people. Last week I was working on a Spanish-speaking island off the coast of Morocco, and was so thankful I was able to experience and understand what was going on around me, even if sometimes it was a struggle. Literally speaking each other’s language, or making an attempt to, makes all the difference sometimes.
Remember you have a voice, and it’s up to you to cast your vote to use it. While I hope most of you, since you’re following my outdoor centric account will vote to protect the amazing outdoor spaces we live and play in, I recognize that some of you might have a different point of view about what that means. It’s the little things we do in our everyday life in order to reach out and close the gap between others that make the biggest difference.