We don’t need a recount; we need a revolution! Not the bloody kind; I don’t condone violence. I’m referring to a personal revolution that needs to start within each of us if we are to survive.

No matter who’s in the “Big House”, there will always be people in need, people despondent, people lying and cheating to serve their own insatiable greed, people who will stop at nothing to cause pain, anger, and frustration.

There will always be innocent people dying, children being abused, women being raped, men being shot by other men — for what? Money? Power?

Unemployment. Uninsured. Women’s rights. Civil rights. Religion. World relations. Taxes. Rich vs. poor. Entitlement. Hard-working folks forced to turn over their earnings. How is anyone entitled to the fruits of their labor? I don’t get it.

We are all given the same opportunities. Some of us rise to the challenge and some of us fall painfully to our death. Unfortunately, life isn’t fair. This is not my fault. It’s also not your fault. It simply is what it is.

My family was poor. There were holidays that, if not for the support of the Church and the Community around me, would have been non-existent. I slept on the living room floor next to my mom and my brother for a good part of my childhood. We shared a 1-bedroom apartment with my grandfather (an epic failure of a man if I ever saw one). We moved, a lot. My dad was MIA, and yet he taught me so many things in his absence.

Where did this all lead? Well, at first… I was a self-destructive mess. I could have continued on that path. Pretty easy to do, you know!? But, I didn’t. I worked hard. I climbed my way up and out. It wasn’t easy. It isn’t easy. But, I did it. And, I continue to do it ~ every day.

So, please… don’t tell me there isn’t opportunity out there. Please don’t tell me that you should be entitled to what I have worked so hard to achieve. Life isn’t fair. Life isn’t free. Life can be hard. Life can kick your ass. But, it is not my responsibility to fix it for you. The government should not dictate my moral compass.

Yes, moral compass. I have one just like many of you. I would like nothing more than to help those less fortunate, but not because I am being forced, but because I care.

But, here’s the kicker… until we start taking ** individual responsibility **, nothing will change. If we continue to put responsibility in the hands of other people, we will trade some of the greatest feelings, like accomplishment and self-worth, for some of the worst, like disappointment and frustration. How can one decision be right for so many? We are too diverse for there to be one right answer for everyone.

I remember growing up and hearing all of the same sh*t being discussed by the adults around me. In my almost 40 years on this planet… nothing has changed. The fundamental problems are the same. The only difference: the proposed solutions have a bigger price tag.

What we are doing is not working. And, the problem is getting worse. The venom I see being spit from the mouths of people (solely based on their alliance to the DEMs or the GOP) is disturbing.

Evil in this world is spreading, like a Cancer (another government money maker!!! Thanks, Monsanto!!!!!). And, people are trying to fight it by renouncing their personal responsibility and giving power to the crazies. I don’t understand. Remember…. with great power comes great responsibility. If that is true, which I believe it to be, than the opposite is true as well:

Give away your responsibility and you have also given away your power.

*** Disclaimer: I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I don’t like you or dislike you because of your beliefs or how you cast your vote. This post is not meant to be a point for political debate. It is not meant to start a war among friends and family. It is just a reminder that each of us has the power to do whatever we wish to do. And, when you give away that power… well, you give away so much more. ***