My last blog post was November 3, 2016, just over two months ago. It was an important post for me. I spent a lot of time thinking about it before I started writing it and a lot of time writing it, reading it, and rewriting it. Posting it was an accomplishment. It represented my first steps toward expressing publicly my condition. ADHD. Yup, that one.
After I posted it, I spent a lot of time just admiring it. It looks great on my website! And, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I would follow it up. Really, that’s all I was thinking about in early November. I had some thoughts in mind, a couple of draft posts started… and then something happened.
The US election.
On November 8, 2016, I stayed up late to watch election results as state after state fell to Donald Trump. I live in an ultra-conservative red state, so I was going to be surprised if my state did not go to Trump, but I thought the country that elected Barack Obama twice could not possibly put “The Donald” into the White House. I could not, and still cannot, believe that American voters nationwide chose such a charlatan to lead our country. I was devastated. I was heartsick. Suddenly my problems seemed so inconsequential, I couldn’t bring myself to focus on my blog or really anything else but the political news. I read everything I could find online. I donated money to progressive organizations. I contacted my local Democratic campaign office to find out how to volunteer. I participated in a protest rally. I became very depressed that I had not been doing enough before the election. I wondered if I should repurpose Quirkella.com into a political opinion blog.
But life goes on. I believe this presidency is a disaster for the United States and I am filled with dread for what will happen to us all because of it. I’m an activist now, because of this election. And I’m not the only one who has reacted this way. More women than ever are interested in running for office since the election, and contributions to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and to the Democratic party in my own deeply red state are way up. These things give me hope. And with hope, I can go on.
I won’t be turning this blog into a political opinion blog. Instead, I will keep my political thoughts, rants, and arguments to Twitter. If you are like-minded, please follow @realquirkella on Twitter. In the meantime, it’s New Year’s Resolution time, and my resolution is to get back to blogging my crazy life and my efforts to get it under control so that I can live the best life I can.