What a World Series, a Marathon, and an Election have in common

Today is a historic day; one when Americans exercise their right to vote and for the first time can choose to elect a woman to govern these United States.

In truth it’s been a very historic week!

Last Wednesday the Chicago Cubs defied incredible odds after being down 3 games to 1 on baseball’s biggest stage. If you want to see pure joy, check out the replay of Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant making the final out of game 7 to give the Cubs their first World Series championship in 108 years.

Over 5 million people celebrated the Cubs World Series win in Chicago on Friday, making the rally the 7th largest gathering in human history.

On Sunday, the 46th running of the NYC Marathon marked the 40th anniversary of the five-borough course that starts in Staten Island and ends in Central Park. Over 50,000 runners covered roughly the same distance as Greek soldier Pheidippides who, as legend has it, ran from the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. to announce the victorious outcome of battle.

My twin brother and his fiancé ran the 26.2 mile race together, each citing that while the training runs helped prepare the body, it was the throngs of supporters along the course that carried them across the finish line long after their bodies had begun to break down. The undeniable energy of complete strangers yelling their support, cheering each runner on, willing them to their eventual success.

The Cubs World Series rally wasn’t about baseball. The NYC Marathon isn’t about running. And today’s Election is not about politics.

Each of these events breaches the confines of their context and speaks to what truly makes America great. The fact that complete strangers - regardless of age, race, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, or political affiliation - regularly participate in stories of perseverance, hope, and love.

America is already great. It has never been the responsibility of one man, or woman, to make it so. Today I hope you cast your vote for whomever you deem fit to run our country, but know that it has been, and always will be, the character and constitution of America’s people who participate in these stories of perseverance, hope, and love who will direct the future of our great nation.

Stop reading. Go vote. And be kind to one another!

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