Election Day was a few days ago. There still isn’t a result. Like so many Americans, my family has been locked to their televisions and Twitter accounts like there was a pandemic keeping us home.
No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, people
feel like the outcome of this election will shape this country for decades to
come. Perhaps those people are right. In a moment of introspection yesterday
morning, I had a bit of an epiphany, that and a ringing hangover, but let’s
keep focused on the epiphany.
Here it is. I can’t
No amount of nerves and Twitter scrolling will change
whatever outcome is headed our way. Full
That’s not to say that I don’t care who wins. I absolutely do. I am someone who believes that the decision
made this week could affect my kids twenty years from now. I’m sick of the craziness of the last four
years. But none of that will affect the
I work from home and usually have the news on in the background,
which is the worst brand of ambient noise, but yesterday I listened to music
all day. It was delightful. My wife and
I went out for a beer with a lovely couple last night. We sat for a couple of hours talking about
running, and football, and kids, and work.
What we didn’t talk about was the election.
There are bigger things at play to be sure, but I now
realize that it doesn’t have to overtake my life. Its freeing.
Today I listened to music from all over the world while I worked. I never tuned into the election. Tonight, I intend to watch football and hang
out with my kids with full knowledge that the country is on fire in more ways
I’m hoping that I wake up in the morning and its, at least
for the most part, over. I’m hoping we
as a country learn to agree to disagree better.
I’m hoping that there is a return to dialogue and decorum. I’m praying
for normalcy. Finally, I am hoping that my
wife gets to tell my girls that a woman is the Vice President of the United
The lesson here girls? Pretty simple, actually. Its important to stand up for what you believe in. Its important to fight the good fight. Its also important to know what you can and cannot control. I don’t think it’s a secret that I am not a supporter of the current administration. Girls, you know exactly how I feel about it. But sitting around wringing my hands and cursing at the television won’t change anything. The fact is that there is a bigger picture to me. Since you girls have been walking the earth there have been three women on major presidential tickets. I’d just as soon as not have them go 0 for 3 in those elections.
So, girls, America is ready to have a woman run it. If not now, soon. And if not soon, then maybe one of you will have to do it. Now, excuse me, I need to generate another stinging hangover so I can keep this chipper outlook.