Election hangover

This morning, I woke up to a ringing in my ears and pounding in my head. There was no way I could work like that, so I had to call in sick.

Now, about 10 hours after I made the call and more than 17 hours after I started fighting this headache, I’m finally able to stare at a computer screen again.

I’m calling this an election hangover.

I overdid it. Not with booze (in fact, I didn’t drink at all last night). With election coverage.

I got home around 9 p.m. last night and headed straight for the computer. (I’d already been watching the coverage with Hilary since 6 p.m., taking only a short break to grab some food and eat with Josh on his break at work.) I pulled up YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, then sat there, watching the coverage until God-knows-when.

I don’t remember much. I only remember at some point feeling confused about whether Obama had actually won. Some news outlets were calling it. Others refused to call it yet. Facebook exploded with cheers and anger. I went to bed and decided I could wait until morning to know for sure.

Now, almost 24 hours later, I’m still feeling a little woozy from it all. People are still posting angry statuses, while others say things like “In yo’ face, Mittens!” I’m just ready to move on past the petty stuff. (You could say I’m channeling my inner Johnny Carson.)

While many people are treating this as the end of the road, I have other sentiments. There’s still a lot of work to be done. I totally agree with Rachel Wilkerson, who yesterday wrote, “while voting is important, focusing all our energy on the election can give us the false impression that making the world a better place is the job of our elected officials. (Or that if we pick the “wrong” officials, then oh well, time to give up!) And it’s not. I mean, yes, it is their job, but it’s not their job alone.”

I want do what we can. Write and talk about the things that matter to me, then go out and do something about them. And what little citizen me can’t do with my own hands, I should urge our Congress to do. And urge them. And urge them. Until they want to make changes just to make me shut up.

So, over the next four years, I plan to do a lot more research about the officials representing me. I want to know who to vote out and who should stay. I’ll research amendments and propositions (one area I didn’t feel as prepared to vote for as I would have liked). And, as soon as parties start choosing candidates, I’m going to start digging for information (and not just for the two main parties; I want to see our other parties have a chance too).

And in the meantime, I want to do something. I want to make a difference in my community. As soon as this headache is finally gone, I’ll start brainstorming ways I can help

No hair of the dog for this gal. On to the next.

(Photos that aren’t my face via here and here.)

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4 responses to “Election hangover

  1. Great post. I’m proud of you.

  2. Amanda, I love your attitude and your goals. I hope that their are more people just like you. If we would all follow the plan to research and then act by “urging” our congressmen maybe something would actual get done……instead there have been over 250 filabusters in the senate in the last 4 years!!!!!!! LETS GET IT TOGETHER PEOPLE ! We all have a responsibility and a huge stake in what does or does not get done in our government !!!!

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