Written By, Talia Goldberg, Community Shlicha
If you could choose, what era or decade would you choose to be born into? I get asked this question a lot. My answer is always the same, now, and no other time.
A lot of young people my age look back on the 70s and think how cool it was to be alive then, but I disagree. I am so grateful to be alive right now and the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden just made it even clearer to me and I'm not only talking about Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, who I adore.
I am so happy that America finally has a woman vice president, and I was thrilled to see how many women participated in that ceremony. I don't know if women realize that they are making history every day. I don't think everyone notices that we are living in a time where globalization has such an effect on our lives that we can together fight a worldwide pandemic. I, a simple Israeli, feel like it's a world wide victory to have Kamala Harris be the first woman vice president. As if suddenly, my kids will have a new role model.
I know there is more progress to be made but I want us to stop for a second to see how far we have come. I know the past year was a year of stay at home and grief but maybe the next year will be a year of changes for equality and rights. Maybe this pandemic is a moment of realization that we should look at the world differently and now seek to make it a better place.
I came across a video of Lady Gaga being interviewed when she was 23 years old. She was questioned about her appearance and sexuality as a distraction from her musical talent. She answered plainly that if she was a man she wouldn’t be questioned in the same way. 11 years later she sang the national anthem at the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden.
I feel hopeful that women will be able to be who they want to be, and do what they want to do more freely. I hope to continue to see these changes happen and be present in the moment to realize them happening.
Here's a song from Hamilton that helps me understand perspective.