It's almost Election Day*, and a LOT of young people are going to be casting their ballots and voting for the President of the United States for the first time in their lives. How exciting is that?! TWIST asked singer and actress_ Rachel Crow to share why it's so important for her to be voting for the first time ever in this election – and the words she shared in her new essay below are sure to inspire you!
Growing up, turning 18 was a big deal for me. While most kids were excited to be an adult or move out I was excited for an entirely different reason, to finally be able to vote.
I was 10 years old when Barack Obama was elected and for me, that was one of the most defining moments in my life thus far. Although I was only 10, I was definitely his biggest fan (still am.) He symbolized so many things for me, of course being the first black president was incredible, but mostly he gave me hope. Hope that I could do/be anything I set my mind to, no matter what stood in my way or who told me I couldn’t or said I wasn’t good enough.
I know when you hear your parents, extended family members or just random people say "its important to vote," it gets annoying, but as a young adult I believe if you want to see change in the world or change it yourself, VOTE. Voting is important to me personally as a female, because less than 100 years ago women could not exercise their right to vote.
My mom always taught my sister and I that we were strong, empowered, independent women who could do/be anything and to believe in ourselves and abilities and, most of all, be passionate and stand up for what we believe in. That’s why I vote, because its so much more than a piece of paper or a touch screen with a bubble you fill in: it’s a right of passage, your footprint on not just our country but the world! It’s the way you fight for yourself and your freedoms. It’s the way you express your opinions. It’s the way you learn about things and then teach others. Who you support and vote for, that’s your power and that’s the way that you incite change for not only our country but for yourself!
That is why I voted this year, finally, the wait was over and it was a moment I will never forget because I did my part (no matter how small) and did what I could to change my future. I know as a young person sometimes it’s hard to feel important enough to make a difference or important enough to share your opinion but I assure you, WE ARE THE FUTURE. We matter more now, in this particular election more than ever.
So please, remember how much good you can do in this country and in this world, take control of your now and VOTE.
Written by Rachel K. Crow