I will deviate from the regular beauty related posts because today is dedicated for my motherland. This is supposed to be my 3rd time to vote as a citizen of this country. However the past 2 elections, I failed to register because simply I didn't want to, I thought it was a waste of my time, I was pessimistic.
This election was different, there was an urge to go out and register, I wanted to vote, my friends wanted to vote, the nation wanted to vote. This time around, I really felt the spirit of nationalism. I was at my precinct at 7am, the dawn of the voting. To my surprise, the precinct was already full and lines were starting to build up. As a first time voter, I had no idea if this was normal or not, but hearing other people complain deemed it wasn't. So I lined up in my cluster (a bunch of precincts put together) under the scorching sun, alone since the rest of my family members were in another cluster. 1 hour later, i stayed put and the line had not moved. After half an hour, my mom handed me water, then a hand fan until she handed me an umbrella. Given all these self coolers, nothing would last, it was crazy! 2 hours later at around 9:30am, i was still far from the voting area. By this time, I had already made friends with my neighbors in line. Sharing sentiments of the poor system in the precinct.
It was hot it was insane, but me and my new found friends stuck it out, without complaints. This is what we came out here to do, to vote, to be citizens. After almost 4 hours, we were already by the precinct, by the machine. Almost 4 hours in line, less than 5 minutes of voting. That's a small sacrifice for the betterment of the country. Of course there were tons of hard headed individuals who kept on complaining about practically everything. People who cut through lines, people who lie and try to get their way. But this is something I learned about today. Corruption is not defined by the monetary gains of an individual, it is defined by simple people who fail to follow rules. These non politicians who are corrupt by their attitudes are the ones who make this country slow to progress.
On the other hand I am very proud of everyone who waited in line to vote. This has been an experience of a lifetime. :)
Here's me and my finger with indelible ink. And in true no beauty post, I am bare and have no make up on (que horror!!!!). Hehe
For those who haven't voted, go out and vote. Voting is extended till 7pm! :)