Some experiences are so intense and so challenging that they force you to do a full self-inventory and find what's working and what's lacking. You see the person in the mirror a little differently or realize a skill or set of skills that you didn't know you had. From that point forward, you are essentially a different, more realized, person.
I had two years of an amazing introduction to myself. I saw my flaws laid bare and my strengths ignited. The bonds of friendship were tested and reinforced under strain, presenting a new level of intimacy that you only get from being a part of a team at work. I lived life at an intensity that I will miss, but have come out stronger for it.
I am writing today to say something simple, but important - don't worry about me. I worry about you. I put myself in the households of so many friends and supporters last night wishing that I could put my arm around you and tell you "It is going to be okay." Because it will. This is an election, not a funeral. I'm still here, I'll be here, and we're not done.
My passion for this community fueled the campaign, not vice versa, and that passion burns just as bright on November 5th as it did on the 4th. I hope you're still just as excited by what we've accomplished as you were before the ballots were counted. And I hope you always know how much your support has meant to me.
Now I get to put my name aside and go back to fighting for the issues that matter most. And to be honest, I don't think I would be able to stop myself if I wanted to. This work is too important to get wrapped up in matters of ego, disappointment, or doubt. It's not about me. It's about being a leader when its time to lead, but otherwise getting out of the way.
There is no second-guessing for me today. In fact, I feel a bit inspired.
Have a great Wednesday doing what you love! I love all of you.