I wish saving the world was as easy as having a fashionable cape and nice sparkly tiara.
I really do.
You see, I’ve never told you all this before, but I work in politics. While the mere mention of the word “politics” may cause you conjure up skirmish images of skeevy middle-aged men, mailboxes full of campaign flyers and incessant bickering between Democrats and Republicans, you would be wrong in thinking that.
As someone who’s actually in the field, I can say that I work with fantastically talented, intelligent and warm-hearted people who simply want to make the world a better place on BOTH sides of the aisle.
However, saving the world is anything but easy.
In case you live in an underground bomb shelter still fearing aftershocks of Y2K, yesterday was Election Day. Despite the hours of extra work I’ve put in (as well as an army of others) over the past month, it wasn’t enough. Even a baller Gucci cape and diamond-encrusted Swarovski tiara wouldn’t have helped us win last night.
You know there are those times where everything just works?
It’s like when you saute your leftover Thai spicy eggplant in smoked paprika oil; add freshly-squeezed lime juice, 3/4 cup garbanzo beans, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and crushed peanuts; and magically come out with the most magical plate of revamped leftovers.
Yeah, last night’s election results were NOT like that.
In fact, I was on both the verge of tears and the verge of vomiting all night. Something is definitely wrong when yours truly cannot even stomach food without wanting to throw up all over stacks of phone lists, mail pieces and laptops checking election results.
I did manage to eat three handfuls of peanut butter chips, but that’s not here nor there.
It hurts when you put your heart, soul and paid vacation time into something you strongly believe in, and it doesn’t work out. It hurts. It’s defeating. It’s demoralizing.
Most of all, it just plain sucks.
It especially sucks when you and many of your work friends may or may not have jobs in two months as a result. I don’t know what is going to happen with that.
It’s the nature of politics and nature of the world.
In the words of Mama Everythingtarian, we (she really means me) have to accept this fact and do our best to do good in the world whoever is in charge.
Me saving the world is definitely going to take more than a cape and a tiara at this point.
Tonight, I am going to need a fresh batch of homemade popcorn, warm mug of apple cider tea, reruns of “The Office” and an extremely early bedtime.
Saving the world can resume again tomorrow.