Its always fun at the end of every year to look back at the events and analyze them. There will be several questions about who were the most influential people, what were the most important events, etc. Here is my list for the most influential or moving events of 2008 for me:
1. The Election of Barack Obama.
As I have mentioned previously, this moved me to tears. I was so excited to see us look beyond race and vote based on the candidate's character. I never thought I would see it in my lifetime and I am grateful that I was wrong. I was very proud during this entire election cycle to see how much minority and women candidates were able to be successful.
2. The 2008 Summer Olympics.
I am a huge fan of the summer games but this year was my favorite Olympics ever! Being from Jamaica, watching Usain Bolt break three world records and seeing a Jamaican holding the title of "World's Fastest Man" and "Worlds Fastest Woman" was exhilarating. It was finally a chance for the world to appreciate the magnificent sprinting talent that this great island nation produces.
Michael Phelps was the other big inspiration from these games. Watching him swim with such skill and determination to place himself firmly a top the swimming greats was a true wonder.
3. The Passing of Tim Russert.
I am always amazed when a celebrity dies and it feels so personal. I still feel sad when I turn the on the tv on a Sunday morning and he is not there. I found myself missing him throughout the entire political campaign. If I find myself missing him, a man I never met, then I can only imagine how his family and friends are struggling without him.
What events inspired you?
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