It’s the day before the election. I am like most Americans – Republicans and Democrats and even those rare few who are “undecided”. I’m gearing up to vote tomorrow and then sit and anxiously watch the returns come in. Today I am going through a wide range of emotion on the last day of this crazy campaign cycle. I’m calling it – the 7 stages of voter grief. See if you can relate:
Stage 1 – Shock and Denial
Tomorrow it’s all over? It can’t be all over! What will I do with all my free time? Maybe I’ll take up a new hobby like knitting or extreme couponing? It can’t really be all over. Surely this can’t be it. There will probably be an extension anyway. Hello, can anyone say hanging chads?
Stage 2 – Pain and Guilt
What if Obama doesn’t win? What kind of country will I be leaving to my children and grandchildren? I’m on an emotional cliff right now, because this country is hanging on a fiscal cliff. The point is we are all on some sort of cliff. This according to the 1.5 million emails I have received this election cycle. Everyone tells me it’s urgent and it’s up to me to vote their way make the death spiral it stop. It’s all resting on my shoulders. The fate of the nation is all on my shoulders people. If the country spirals out of control tomorrow, it is my fault, because they told me so. Somebody pass the antidepressants.
Stage 3 – Anger and Bargaining
Who the hell are you guys to put all of this on my shoulders anyway? If it wasn’t for you politicians always placing blame on each other maybe we could get something done in Washington. If Washington wasn’t just one campaign cycle after another maybe this country could actually move forward instead of always playing politics as usual. You career politicians can suck it. I just may not vote so there!
Stage 4 – Depression, Loneliness and Reflection
What difference does it make? Will my vote even count tomorrow?
Stage 5 – The upward turn
Yes, my vote counts! Every vote counts. That is what makes America great!
Stage 6 – Reconstruction and working through
I believe that not only does my vote count, but I am part of the solution. As JFK said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!”
Stage 7 – Acceptance and Hope
I will vote tomorrow! I will vote and I will believe in hope and change (again).