This year has opened a new and interesting chapter in my life. For the first time in a long time, I have almost complete freedom to pursue my own passions, with few obligations outside of my job. At the same time, the Trump administration is inspiring a greater level of activism and engagement from people across the political left, and there are a multitude of new organizations and movements to support and join.
In theory, I should be on cloud nine. After all, politics:me what college basketball:the South, YouTube:teenagers, and the State Fair:Minnesotans. This could be my moment to really get involved, make a difference, and create the kind of change I’ve been longing for – this is not an exaggeration – for most of my life.
In practice, however, this year has been a quiet lesson in the distance between our ideal selves and our actual selves. Yes, I have gotten involved, trying to flip CA39, registering voters, canvassing, and calling my reps to protest bad policy and legislation. I even briefly tried starting a coalition of sorts (of which this blog was one of the original tools). But what I’m learning, as I endeavor to become a paragon of political engagement, is that what I wish I was good at doing is not, sadly, what I am actually good at doing.
Here is what I wish I was good at:
- Engaging the masses in a deep-probing exploration of policy.
- Writing persuasive blog and fb posts that people want to post and re-post.
- Organizing ordinary people to effect positive social change.
Here is what I am actually good at: Continue reading