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The excitement is energizing when you’re neck-deep in Obama supporters, peeking through the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, while training your ears to listen. With my adrenaline pumping, I listened with intensity to President Obama’s speech, littered with references from the Declaration of Independence, he urged us to get over our political divide and focus more on economic inequality, gay rights, climate change and many other issues that mean more than Democrat or Republican labels.

“My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together.”

There are not many things that are more emotionally fulfilling than living through and witnessing an actual moment in Black history and experiencing it with such a wide array of people. It’s humbling and awe-inspiring. Looking around at the sea of faces and seeing absolutely everyone represented, I felt proud of my country. There’s so much in America that’s just wrong, confusing and frustrating, but for those brief couple of hours, I was in the great melting pot I learned about in elementary school.

Screw New Year’s Resolutions. Even though 2013 just started, many of us may have already dropped off our promises to ourselves one by one. However, being in the presence of greatness has this motivating effect that will make you re-evaluate your life.

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