Our world is changing.
So is our country, and so are the people living in it.
Politicians, laws, and policies need to reflect those changes.
Coronavirus will permanently change our country and the way we exist in it.
From the loss of social niceties, like shaking hands, to working from home and the changing of small business structures there's no denying the pandemic was a catalyst for change.
People are thinking differently, moving differently, and prioritizing differently.
A spotlight on racial injustice is changing our country. On both sides of every issue, people are activating.
Brands are changing, monuments are being removed, and policies are being updated.
Through all of this, people have been faced with hard truths. People have been forced to grapple with unemployment, healthcare, personal safety, systemic racism, brutality, a struggling economy and so much more.
Because of this, people are different than they were when the year started. Whether you agree with the changes or not—this year has been a learning experience and none of us have come through it without an opportunity to learn. Whether it has changed your mind or made you more resolute, the changing world has inspired thought and conversations.
Let us hope that those elected officials who are elected to represent the collective thoughts and interests are changing, too.
Let us hope that they are not too far removed from the situation to feel the change.
Let us hope that they are inspired to learn, grow, and change along with their constituents.
Let us hope that as we learn new facts and use them to change our opinions, our elected representation does the same.
Our country is going through growing pains. Let us hope our leaders are mindful of the pain and the process.
Let us hope that our leaders are changing along with us and that our work and dialogue and growth are reflected in them.