I Did Because I Could
Image Credits: Morgan Murtaugh
I’ve heard those two words so many times, I’ve lost count. Why, you ask? Because I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my short life.
When I was a teenager, I saved up money and went backpacking through Italy with my best friend (totally dangerous but totally worth the adventure). When I was living in D.C. I wanted a car but couldn’t afford one, so I got a job as an Uber driver and leased a car through them (not one of my best decisions, I might add). I even love singing so much that I took a job being a karaoke DJ for a while until I couldn’t handle the crazy hours on top of my full-time day job anymore. And every time my friends would look at me and say, “you would” and really, it’s because I could.
I’ve never been the type of person to accept being told I can’t do something. I’ve never been the type of person to take no for an answer. And I have definitely never been the type of person feel like a victim.
I grew up gender-blind. I played baseball on an all guys team in elementary school, played football with the boys during lunchtime in middle school, and then ended up at an all girls high school where I was a cheerleader. Total 180, but no matter what the activity, I did it because I wanted to and that’s why my senior quote was a Legally Blonde quote (even though they never published it).
Elle Woods has been and always will be my spirit animal. She never let anyone tell her she couldn’t. She never played the victim card. She never felt sorry for herself (except that one time she almost quits because of a sexist pig, but she gets past it and then takes his job like a freaking queen). She did, because she could.
Think about that one thing you want in life more than anything right now. Are you working towards it? Are you making it happen for yourself? Are you taking control of your own destiny, your own life?
I am here to tell you that you should, because you could.
Fresh outta high school, I applied for a job to work in the front office for a 3-star admiral. People told me I couldn’t, I was too young, too inexperienced. I did, and I was the only civilian in that office. They kept me for 3 years until I moved to Washington, D.C.
During the 2012 election I started tweeting about politics under the so last season name, RepubGrlProbs. People told me that I couldn’t make anything out of it, no one would care about what I had to say. I did, and it became a multimedia platform with 15 contributors.
About a year ago I started working at One America News as a producer but I wanted to be on air. People told me I couldn’t because I didn’t have the experience, I wasn’t ready, but I did what I had to do and in less than a year I was an anchor. Now, I’m a full-time political commentator and fill-in talk-show host.
Throughout my life, I have done what I have felt what is right for me in my heart and went with it and I’m not stopping now. My gut told me to run for Congress, so here I am.
I did, because I could and so can you.
Morgan Murtaugh is a commentator and host for One America News Network and a candidate for United States Congress to represent CA-53.