On this particular day I went to the gym like any other day. As I was preparing for my daily workout grind, a television was being set-up in the corner where the tread-mills are stationed. I made no big deal about it, I carried on. I knew what was happening but I didn't let it ruin my focus. Part of me was curious as I would glance over to the corner to check out what was about to become history in the making.
The gym was quiet in the early part of the morning and not a lot of people showed up yet. The main reason for this is because of the Barack Obama Inauguration.
By the start of his speech I was warmed up and loose with the beginnings of sweat beads on my fore-head. I wasn't going to stop now. I was shadow boxing in one of the two rings and in between rounds I would sneak peaks over at the television set. The boom-box of rap music was lowered as Obama's words filled the air of the gym. A small crowd formed near the T.V.
Never in my life did I ever care about politics or any sort of presidential inaugurations. I'm by no means a guru at the game. I have my own surrealistic points of view of how things should go, but for most part I make jokes about it. There's some hard-core political fanatics out there and when they open their mouths... I close mine. What do they really know anyways? If they did they'd be in office right now... Simple.
The bell rings and I continue to shadow box and at the same time, I'm listening. For some reason, I felt this was something special and not because he's the first black president. He has a charisma of a John F. Kennedy by the way he was delivering his speech. He mentioned about the risk-takers and those who pack up their few worldly possessions and travel in search of a new life down the rugged path to prosperity. I thought right then and there he was talking about me and others who are doing the same.
The speech continues on... He spoke about the end of false promises which I have heard so many times when I thought that I hooked on to something that could change my life for the better. It's so easy for individuals out there to say "NO"! Would it hurt to say "YES" once in a while and give one the opportunity to express their talents? There's no need to be greedy. There's enough for everybody.
"The time has come to set-aside childhood things," Obama stated. I think he's right about that. It's time to grow some balls and toughen up the pussy generation! Climb to the ring and stand your ground, firm. It's easy to put on a mask and attack some innocent person who's worked hard, and now they're stripped out of a title that was well-deserves and well-earned. That goes for anyone who worked up a good sweat the honest and humble way to earn a buck
It makes no difference what color, race or religion a person is and as long you're down with the opportunity of the American Dream, then you're alright by me. We are all equal and deserve that chance. I'm no different from you and the guy/gal next to you, and vice/versa.
My workout attire is in full sweat as I worked the heavy-bag and the speech is nearing the end. POW! Another great hook of a line he says, "Greatness is never a gift, it must be earned!" That was a knock-out punch or at least open a blind eye of awareness. I can point out the countless names of the undeserving who beat me to the punch of recognition. (I'm no rat so I'll keep my mouth-piece on.) They say they love their art, but deep down they love the fame and fortune more.
The history making speech was well worth it much like the workout. I'm glad they set up the television for the members of the fight club to watch. At the gym I learn combination punches to hurt another human being, but on this day I learned to throw lethal punches by using those words of inspiration. President Obama pointed out things that I like to preach especially to those on the ignorant side. If you have any smarts you take those words and follow it.
No short cuts here, champ! And I'm definitely not settling for less!
January 20, 2009