Illinois, Let's Run
Governor Rauner reversed his position on the medical marijuana program.
There is so much beauty in what I witnessed these past few weeks. So much beauty in the messages I received from friends saying that they saw shots of me clutching a microphone in hand on the news. So much beauty in the journalists who wanted to hear my thoughts and allow my participation in this democracy even though I’m not old enough to vote. So much beauty in the opinion pieces, the letters from veterans and scared patients, the father thanking me for speaking for his daughter too young to have a voice.
In less than a month we made sure that the people were heard. Dear readers, alongside everyone who has ever fought for this program, we made history.
I’ll let you in on a little secret:
There was a period in my life where I didn’t know if I’d ever be an independent adult…or an adult at all. I wanted to do the work of decades in a few years. I thought about everything that I ever wanted to do and I tried to do all of it. I worked and I worked and I worked solely because I was afraid that my clock would run out or my quality of life would deplete past the point of salvaging.
I no longer advocate for the same reason. I don’t do this because I’m on a time crunch or because I feel that I have to. I do this because I love it. I do this because making legislative change for the next terrified thirteen year old is important.
So Governor Rauner, thanks for running with us. You won’t regret taking the side of the movers and shakers. They’ve shown me more love and given me more hope than any group I’ve ever known.