As the end of my campaign comes to a close, I can't help but continue to think of all these great ideas I wish I had time for. I'm nervous, excited and scared to hear the final decision. This has been such an adventure that I never thought possible, and being a top 3 finalist has really been incredible. I've met some amazing people, spent a lot of time learning more about myself and my personal financial options, and forced myself to get out into the community and take a look at what was going on.
I've spent a lot of time contemplating why I want this job. When I first heard about it on the radio I was pulled in simply by the free laptop. (I've been without one for months now!) Then after reading a bit about it, I thought with my theater/performing background and outgoing personality, I would definitely be a good fit. And then I really got involved, made top three, and started realizing what a difference I could make in this world. I love being involved, motivating others and lending advice. I also love making others laugh and sharing my stories and experiences. I could absolutely make a difference for our young community.
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die."
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
So I just want to use this last blog post to say thanks. Thanks to Young&Free and Maine's credit unions for giving me this opportunity, thanks to my fans, friends and family who helped support me and thanks to Monique and Seth for making it such an exciting ride.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
Thanks again! And remember, "You're never too old for a piggy bank!"