In the last election cycle, I mentioned that lacking money to donate, I would donate time to help elect my chosen candidates. Five days before election day, I found myself in the Emergency room of the nearest hospital, hooked up to many machines, unable to move or control my left side. I thought to myself, “Thank goodness I voted early!”
My episode resembling a stroke kept me from volunteering during the weekend of action, a big one. I’d already given many hours of time to prepare volunteer packets for the day. I managed to stop by the office downtown and donate chocolate to keep people happy during their full day.
I have regained control over the left side of my body, but I’ve had other problems since fall of 2012. With all of that in mind, I need to set myself some definite boundaries for this fall election cycle.
To maintain my physical and mental health, I will NOT:
- forward candidates’ posts on Facebook: as hard as it is, I aim to keep my FB page personal in nature. Maybe. This will be the hardest point on my list.
- sign online petitions. It’s too easy, and therefore often meaningless to those in power.
- forward emails that call themselves Memes. It’s a chain letter, people, don’t kid yourselves.
To further maintain my physical and mental health, I WILL:
- learn about the candidates and become an informed voter
- vote and encourage my family members to vote, too
- remind friends and coworkers to vote (even on FB)
- donate small amounts of money to candidates I support
- for good vibrations, wear my Team Obama t-shirt from fall 2012
- keep calm, and garden on. It’s cheaper than therapy, and in the end I’ll have tomatoes.