<b>Thursday, November 8, 2012</b>
Many of my friends have been posting what they're thankful for each day this month. It's nice to know that my friends are reflecting on this season of thanksgiving, but I feel that every day should be a day of thanksgiving.
I'm thankful for a great support system of family and friends, a career that I love, and the opportunity to be in a country where I have the freedom to make decisions.
During this month of November and just days after the 2012 general election, I'm thankful to be an American woman. It was 92 years ago that women like myself were given the right to vote. And it was nearly 20 years ago that my family emigrated from Guatemala to America to give us a better future.
This election season, I've been happy to see old and young voters come out to the polls to vote. It's a right that not every citizen exercises or exercises responsibly. It doesn't matter which party a voter is affiliated with or which candidate a voter chose, it's more important that citizens have opinions.
I was proud to hear one of the first time voters, who had just turned 18, tell me that she watched the three presidential debates and came to the polls as an informed voter because she felt it was the "responsible" thing to do. She also told me that she chose not vote on certain candidate races because she didn't know anything about the individual and/or the race.
Whether your candidate won or lost or whether your issue passed or failed, I feel it's important to be thankful that we have the right to vote and be citizens of the Untied States of America.