Perhaps the lack of television is an asset during an election year or perhaps it is detrimental. Reading a few articles, listening to NPR and the debates and of course the social media links and advice that I am enlightened with daily feel adequate to me to be fully informed on my vote. I know which issues I value regardless of being hammered with other fogging ideas. I am not sick of the election. I do not feel bombarded with propaganda and intimidating messages. I just feel the excitement and hope that comes with the chance to voice my opinion.
While I miss jeopardy on some lonely evenings… (woah. that sounds SO very sad), I still suggest this method of selective hearing. Turn off your television if you don’t like what you see. Just do it already. My mind is clear and open to real live learning. I am not fed a thing.
Ok, it is true I WILL miss the red and blue color coded country tonight. But just like the previous election year, I will be glued to the radio, knitting in lap, with an otherwise quiet house, when the President is announced.
My point is this – When you vote this year, take a good look at all you vote for everyday. The food you eat, the businesses you support, the clothes you wear, the car you drive. All of it. All of it matters. It is not always the easy road, it often has a learning curve, but it always feels good. I am not saying that a lack of television is either good nor bad, I am simply putting forth my vote by not having one. This form of media is not suitable for me and my family, so I vote no. There are so very many choices we make daily. Whether you are mindful about each of them is up to you. If you choose the road less traveled, you will receive criticism regardless of which direction you go. But, with this path, I am sure you will agree, the benefits come large. The pride in the knowledge that you are making a choice rather than unconsciously following the norm is something to strive for.
Choose with the ferocity of Mayflower
So, be the winner red or blue, I hope today when you cast your vote you feel powerful. That is precisely what you are. With every choice you make.
And a few poses on election day to give you something to smile at. Because mostly I vote for him. And a certain other little blondie.