“I was planning on voting, but I can’t bring myself to vote for either candidate.”
“Whatever is the matter? We have fought long and hard to earn the right to have a say in how things are run. How can you give up now?”
“It’s their hats, my dear. A true candidate should be adorned in the best of millinery fashion, with fine plumage and decorations. Instead, they wear the drabbest of headwear. How can we trust any leader who refuses to appear their best?”
“You have an excellent point. However, a vote must be made. We can protest their lack of good taste by adorning ourselves in our finest hats as we head to the polls.”
“I suppose, in the spirit of democracy and good fashion sense, that is what we must do.”
I think I speak for many by saying we’re exhausted by this political season. We are like marathoners who took a few wrong turns and ran for an extra ten miles, and only now are dragging ourselves across the finish line. However, we need to be like Abbey D’Agostino of the US and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand in the 5000m Semifinal at the 2016 Olympics. Hamblin collided into D’Agostino and D’Agostino got up and made sure Hamblin stood up too. They made sure they both made it to the finish line, despite D’Agostino needing immediate medical attention at the end.
If D’Agostino can finish the last mile of her race on an injured knee, we can make it the final mile to the voting booth.
And one more thing we can learn from these two athletes: When we’ve finished our voting and step out of the booth, let’s be nice to each other. Let’s not be angry about someone we don’t like winning, but instead come together as a community to solve the problems which matter to us. Just because we have different views, doesn’t mean we can’t be friends.
Many in the history of the United States have made sacrifices and fought political battles so we can have the right to have a say in our Democracy today (here’s for a quick history of voting rights). This is a superpower which has been passed down for generations, each generation expanding who gets the right to vote. Even if almost anyone can do it, it’s still powerful.
We, the American People, are the ultimate version of The Avengers and the Justice League. Individually, we have different beliefs and solutions for the problems we see. Together, we can come to a consensus and work to build a better tomorrow.
So, if you haven’t done so already, go out there and vote. Read your voter’s guide from your local region. Decide where you stand and vote with integrity.
If it helps, put on a fancy hat or a superhero cape and go out there and vote.
*Also, please remember to get your sticker, because stickers, like bow ties, are cool.
Side Note 1: For myself, I find myself pumped up by this number from Mary Poppins:
Side Note 2: Also, thanks to Canada for reminding us in the United States the good we’ve done and, hopefully, inspiring us to do more good.