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"Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve." - Martin Luther King Jr.
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I would like to talk about service. Why am I doing this blog and why am I investing all this energy and passion in bringing the deaf perspective of the political process to the world?
It all started at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 2008, because I wanted to update what I was doing to family and friends. Blogging seemed much more easier than sending emails. However, it was not long before I realized the importance and potential of sharing my experiences and education with the rest of the world. In a world that is becoming more and more connected than ever before, I saw a golden opportunity to roll up my sleeves and get involved to encourage more deaf people to join in the political process.
Did I ever get paid for my services? No. I consider my blog to be a public resource and everything on this blog is for the world to view, learn, and use. I continue to operate this blog because I believe that I am not the only one out there who wants to make a difference. I believe that there are more of you out there just like me.
People need to truly realize the crucial importance of volunteering, doing community services, getting involved, and taking up passions/ambitions - because the more you invest in the world, the more it will invest back in you. You will be rewarded for your goodwill and you will be able to learn so much during the process of it all. The benefits are endless.
Last but not least - Barack Obama's campaign has signaled to the world that we are entering an new era for everybody. Barriers are being broken down. It's no longer time to stand on the sidelines and complain about the state of things. More than ever, people are empowered to rise up and act for what they believe is most important to them. And time has ended for deaf people to lay back and be passive, to not get involved with the community, and to not dedicate themselves to passions and service. It's time for us to step up to the plate and swing the bat in this new era.
To quote Gandhi - "You must be the change you want to see in the world."