I was born in 1961, the year the Berlin wall was built. My oldest son was born in 1989, the year the wall was torn down. I began life in a world where freedom was becoming a scarce commodity. My son entered a world of hope for peace and freedom for all. We stand now in a time of fear and wall-building yet again.
When I was in middle school, I ran track, and my best events were distance events. I could hit that runner's wall and keep on going. It was like my legs had gone into automatic operation, and all I had to worry about was breathing properly.
I studied computer science in college, and learned about pushing through the wall of exhaustion that comes during an all-nighter.
When I looked around and noticed how much weight I'd packed on, I tried dieting. Each great diet brought with it that wall, where progress ground to halt. Sometimes I was able to push through that wall; other times it was the obstacle tht brought my efforts to an end.
At some point in my life, I began building some pretty strong walls around my heart, such that the only emotions I seemed to be able to let through were the very most passionate. The walls came near to crushing me, but through not fault of my own, I was finally freed of them. When they came tumbling down, I was near to the kill-zone, but I survived and live a free life now.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, attaining great height, maintaining a perspective on both sides of the wall. With that position comes great risk. Better to climb a mighty mountain and stand firm on the peak, looking only upward.
Scattered thoughts, pearls unstrung. Thus I am a voter, not a contender.
Good luck ladies!