Today I am grateful that I am self-employed and work out of the home.
When I woke up this morning I was really struggling to come up with something to be grateful for. I seriously considered skipping today in the hopes that tomorrow would be sunnier and I could name two things. All I wanted to do, want to do, is curl up on the couch and read all day.
Why? The elections. There were tremendous gains made throughout the country yesterday. Colorado elected the first openly gay governor. Kansas and New Mexico elected Native American women to congress. Michigan and Minnesota elected Muslim women to congress. To name a few positive gains.
Oklahoma, on the other hand, voted to stay the same shitty, dead last in the nation state that it has been for years. Oklahoma elected officials that are openly anti-choice, anti-woman (and when you have that, usually, anti-LGBTQ and anti-POC sentiments are close by). Oklahoma defeated a measure that would help people afford eye care and there are a lot of poor people in the state. Oklahoma voted against creating a fund for taxes on oil and gas production that would help out in lean years. Oklahomans voted against their own interests and against the interests of those who aren’t like them.
I knew this was going to happen. I knew this was going to happen and I voted Democrat anyway. I knew my vote was going to be a protest vote. But that doesn’t make it feel any better.
So today, I am grateful that I can be disappointed and sad and scared for the future. I am grateful that I can spend the day curled up with a book that I am really interested in. (The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch, if you must know) I understand fully that this is a great luxury that I am able to do this. That doesn’t go unnoticed.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.