There were so many moments in 2008 I wish I could have frozen in time and kept reliving them, most of them around the US elections. One precious moment happened personally to me in September when I realised that the latest medication I had been given was actually working. For the first time I felt healthy, energetic and almost like my old self. It felt beautiful, especially after the long debilitating year I had. As if life was truly worth living. It was definitely something to savour.
However, the moment which had no parallel in 2008, was being in Grant Park on the night Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech, among the enthusiastic crowd who could not believe it when his victory was announced, and being caught up in the sheer audacity and hope of that moment. One has no words adequate enough to describe that historic moment in time when we all came together as one people in the Park, regardless of our colour, creed, religion or culture. We were just ecstatic. One can never recreate such a time and I will always feel deep gratitude that I was very fortunate to be there. I never thought I would see such a moment in my lifetime. It was simply unbelievable. No matter how it was portrayed on television around the world, one had to be in the Park to experience the electricity and sheer joy.
As I said in the report the next morning:
"Then the moment everyone had waited for. CNN announced that Obama was the 44th President of the United States and Grant Park erupted. It was a huge landslide, as I had expected and predicted this past week. People just started hugging me, and each other. The men around me were holding their heads in wonder or crying in sheer disbelief. I kept pinching myself that I was actually the only Brit for miles standing among new friends, of all colours and creeds, saying YES WE DID!! in the middle of Chicago, it seemed so unreal. Words cannot describe that incredible moment in history. People who had feared that Obama might have been robbed of his victory felt they could now exhale in relief. They could stop living on their nerves, they could shout for joy and savour the impossible. And, boy, did they let go!!"
Indeed. We all did..:o)
So what about YOUR special, unforgettable moment? Please share it with us.
A Very Happy and Extremely Prosperous New Year to You All!