As you may or may not have heard, the United States had its Presidential elections on Tuesday, whose results were announced Weds morning. Since I live and work and vote in the States, this affects me. It has not yet directly affected me, but I know we will feel the results of this election.
I did not vote for the individual who won, and I did not want to vote for the individual whom I voted for as well. Let’s face reality, neither candidate was good enough to be President of the United States. But it no longer matters. You see, I firmly believe that no matter who won, we are fucked. Not for any one reason, but by who they are as persons. He is not the best person to represent me. He is not the best this country has to offer.
I spent most of Weds reading the news, social media, and talking to others, while trying not to wallow in anguish over what the elections have done.
I am an immigrant, naturalized in 2009, and have been voting ever since. I belong to no political party, and am not very active, but do try to stay fairly current.
I also have Depression. Not the depression you get when you’re sad, but the one that I go to therapy and take medications for. As an empath, a lot of external things end up affecting me internally. And this whole situation has flared up a lot of disparaging feelings and hopelessness.
The reason I did not write yesterday, was because of this. But it doesn’t help bottling up these negative feelings. After seeing what is happening, I really just want to hug my family and forget the outside world exists. There is only so much negativity any one person can handle. I honestly feel that at some point, self preservation takes over and tells you “fuck the world.”
A small PSA to all my friends suffering from Depression during this election cycle: talk to your friends. About anything other than the election. Go see the new Marvel movie with Doctor Strange. Read. Color. Draw. Exercise. Take pictures.
It is incredibly easy to fall into feelings of hopelessness and helplessness during this time. Especially with all the memes of the end of the world. Our country survived George Bush Jr., it survived Bill Clinton, it survived Warren Harding, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, etc. This country has had a depression, and a recession. We as humanity survive.
At the end of the day, it is out individual choices of how we live our lives that make up society. Choose to be a better person, and those around you will do the same, and before you know it, society will be all the better for it.
Remember to get out of bed, and do what you have to do for yourself today. And tomorrow, and the next day.
However, the next time I see an job posting that requires some sort of specialized knowledge or experience, I will submit my resume and include a cover letter stating why I think I am the best, even though I have none of the qualifications asked for, and demand I be hired. If this man can get the highest, and most important, job in this country, without qualifications or job experience, I should be able to work wherever I damn well please.
The Quirky Digest