There have been only a few “Where were you?” moments in my lifetime.
9/11. President Obama’s inauguration. These are the watershed moments in my lifetime, events that changed my perception of the world. And eight years after the last one, another inauguration is poised to do that yet again.
Say hello to President Trump.
I’m going to make this as non-partisan and non-political as I can. This is a “Where were you?” moment. It is the end of an historic presidency with one of the most universally-beloved public figures in recent history, and the beginning of a new one, with someone who is one of the most divisive figures in recent history. It is a history-making moment in ways that are too numerous to count. And while I will not watch the actual ceremony, nor will I watch the ball afterwards, I will be entirely cognizant of where I am when he takes the oath of office, whether I’m taking a nap, or making a sandwich.
However, I encourage you all to be aware of where you are, because for better or worse, the world you live in is going to change. It may not change all at once, or even in ways that are immediately noticeable, but change is most definitely imminent. And we should all be aware of not just where we are, but what we’re doing and how we got there.
I remember when I was in high school, and I talked to someone who remembered where they were when Kennedy was assassinated. I remember talking to people who remembered where they were when Reagan got shot. Hell, I remember where I was when the Notorious B.I.G. was murdered. And I’m sure we all remember the events in our lives leading up to and immediately following the first tower impact, as well as what we were doing when Barack Obama took the oath of office.
This is one more of those times.
Take stock of where you are and what you’re doing, because you’re going to want to tell your children about this. This is going to be historic.
No one said all history we make must be good.