As two important dates approach, I began to reflect on the significance they have on my life. Almost three years ago, the most important person in my life suddenly passed away: my grandmother "Mamatita." She was a woman whose influence will forever live on. She taught me the importance of speaking up by showing those around her what courage looks like. She was never afraid, especially when the stakes meant sacrificing who she was. My grandmother taught me to do what was right and not what was popular. Whether it was politics, adultery, sex or parenting, if she had an opinion, she shared it. As midterm elections in the United States quickly approach, I wanted to encourage others to get involved by voicing their stance through their vote. We cannot complain about circumstances when we reject being part of the solution. Regardless of your political perspectives, we're all crafted in a unique manner and have different ways of looking at situations so that collectively, we all bring resourceful tools and suggestions to the table. Voting gives us the opportunity to participate in solutions so that our futures look brighter than our past. It has been said that the upcoming midterm elections will be one of the most important elections in history because it will determine where Americans currently stand. The people elected have great power on a state level over various policies such as: healthcare, education and economics. Their influence impacts our communities nearby. Upcoming elections impact the well-being of every citizen in the United States because they also serve as our voice in Congress.