There are two very important things I am doing today, and I feel strongly that, provided you are old enough, you should do the same.
The first is VOTE.
I have studied the issues, decided what is most important to me and which propositions, local politicians, state politicians, and national politicians best align with my personal views on the direction I hope things go. For me, this means I am voting for Obama for president. His views on women's and gay rights, as well as his firm but not US-At-All-Costs foreign policy (we are citizens of the world, not its rulers), plus his progress on health care and other issues earned my vote.
It's okay with me if you are voting otherwise, as long as you know WHY you are voting otherwise. I always prefer the mindset of voting for a candidate, as opposed to simply voting against the other guy.
The second is WAY MORE FUN. I am going to go buy Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor! I have been waiting for this book since the second I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and it's finally here! I have it on good authority that the book is amazing, both from Amazon (Best Books of the Month for November!), professional review sites, and one of my best friends who texted me today that she COULDN'T EVEN HANDLE how good it was.
"But Kiersten, what if I haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet?" Then you are EVEN MORE THE LUCKIEST, because you can buy the paperback of Daughter and the hardcover of Days and read them back-to-back without an agonizing, year-long gap between! I'm jealous of the incredible words you have ahead of you, dear reader.
So! Go vote, of-age-US-citizens! Go buy incredible books from amazing authors! Do both as informed and thoroughly awesome people! A happy high-five to all of you.