For those who fought for our right to vote and gave their lives for this democracy, our gratitude is showing up to vote.Brene Brown
Hello there! Hope you are well!
This year has been an intense election season here in America. Dangerous polarization led to some lively discussions in my circles. I voted very early back on October 15th at the public library. I’m a very private person regarding these matters. Here, I will be as well, but in summary, my conscience felt like it was trapped in a cage.
Earlier last month, I had the opportunity to listen to the mayor discuss various initiatives to help the city’s economy during the pandemic. He shared with us some important issues on the ballot. It felt great to be informed about those propositions more in depth and not left in the dark. Unfortunately, I think there’s many people who may not understand all the issues on the ballot and vote haphazardly.
This past Saturday I snapped out of my anxiety and decided to phone bank for my friend, a local state representative, for the first time in my entire life. His opponent has resorted to some mudslinging which on the one hand didn’t surprise me, but it did shock me. I’ve known my friend for 13 years, and he’s a sacrificial, public servant through and through. When my friend’s virtual organizer reached out to ask for help, I jumped on board even though I lacked experience phone banking.
In the past, I always wondered what motivated volunteers to call on behalf on the candidate they’re supporting. Previously, I was slightly annoyed at all the phone calls that I received from them. The ones that sound like spam calls, and you wonder if it’s really their business to know.
Yet, after being on the other side and phone banking for my friend, I finally understood. I noticed that I cared about the outcome as I spoke on my friend’s behalf. I wanted to make sure those who were undecided or apathetic felt like they were heard and had all the information they needed to vote.
I’ll just say that the most memorable call was a man with a Scottish accent driving in a blizzard storm, and he asked if I was a spy! He wanted me to state my purpose for the call. I nearly thought he was being a prankster and joking with me until I realized he was dead serious. Regardless of the strange nature of the call, I chatted with him about what was important to him and genuinely listened to his concerns. People just want to be heard.
However you decide to vote, I care about your well being. Whatever the outcome and no matter who wins, I wish you all peace.