Stress Sickness

When I was in college I had this really peculiar thing happen. It happened every semester a day or two after I got home from my university. So I would have my finals done and my first load of laundry in and I would start to sneeze and cough and shiver. Every semester I would fall to a terrible cold for about a week during the holidays (winter or summer).

It was awful and I couldn’t understand it. For the first like 2 years and then I just knew to expect it. I expected a week of just a disastrous semi-flu every couple months. It sucked but I knew what was happening. It was my body’s release after forcing myself not to be sick throughout finals for one to two weeks. Once it realized that it didn’t have to hold up it just shut down in attempt to reboot.

So the only reason I bring this up is because it has happened again. I really haven’t experienced the same level of non-stop work. And then the moment after a two-event day I fell asleep and woke up feverish and congested and coughing a lung up.  It really sucked because even with a job where I could take a day off from working the weekend, But the rest of the week was really hard it wasn’t intense but I had to work and also there is a huge health crisis going on both in one of the worst flu strains in many years and the coronavirus.

Anyway it was really awkward because my partner was like why don’t you take care of health so you don’t get sick. And it reminded me that I do but during these intense stressful times this is my systems default . It’s like I could get sick and fail at work or school or be unable to perform or I could get a little sick sometimes.

Anyway, bodies are weird and heath is tough. Sometimes these are the choices we have to make. Wish me luck getting better.

 

Please. Please. Vote in the Primaries.

Well ’tis the season and the year of a major presidential election but there are elections happening in every town and county throughout the United States (and I’m sure other countries but I live here). The Iowa caucuses just happened. New Hampshire is coming shortly but primaries continue until the second week of June.

I feel like I can reasonably say this because I have worked in 4 election cycles, besides that experience I also worked for a get out the vote non-profit. I do a little bit know what I am talking about as I say please vote in the primaries. It is so important and a wonderful time to get involved in the political sphere of your community.

Candidates: There are so many candidates who are running for office from any position from Congress to State Legislature to Judges of the Orphan Court to Dog Catcher. There are so many people running for office in every town and city across the country.  Candidates during the primary also have more time to talk with members of their party because they aren’t trying to win over independents or just get their name out there. If you want to get to know a candidate the primary is the time to do it.

In true democratic fashion there are so many options to choose from every walk of life and with a different approach for every problem. Sometimes the people I talk to find the number of people that are running overwhelming. There are ways to make it less so. Talk to the candidates. Do your research. There are so many organizations and websites that help  to amalgamate the information. My personal favorite is vote411.org which will help you find your polling place and check voter registration. It also publishes the questionnaires candidates fill out so you can read the responses directly. 

Community: I think that a lot of people think that when politicans go into the community for photo ops it’s pandering. While this might be true I feel like it’s worth it. Elections at the local and state level raises awareness for local issues that you may or may not know about it. The photo ops for the politicians is free advertisement for local non-profits, for schools, and for those who have come down on hard times.

I also like the coming togetherness of a primary. It is a party (no matter which) having debate about how to best approach the issues. When you get involved early on in election you can meet so many people. Whether they be concerned citizens, candidate, or campaign workers and form a little community of your own. And trust me when I say the relationships that you build during these times will last a really, really long time.

The Future: Mostly you should vote in the primaries because if you can vote you should. As a citizen with the right you should take advantage of it. You should also do it because when you vote you are person that a politician has to care for. The more consistently you vote the more candidates in the primary will work for your issues and to be a candidate that you want.

Secondly, I personally am of the belief that the more someone votes and witnesses a primary. The more friends people make during the primary. The more issues people care about during the primaries. The more likely that one day you will run for office and that’s the whole point of democracy.

So now that I have convinced you go make sure you are registered to vote at your address and find your polling place. Look up your ballot. Go vote!