When the election happened and He Who Shall Not Be Named became our President I knew I needed to do something. I knew I needed to finally to accomplish my dream of being an elected official. I applied for and got in to a program from women who want to run for office. We are all Democratic women. But we all have different passions. Mine is affordable health care and women's health and reproductive rights. Of course I am concerned about so much more but those are my hot buttons. The things I want to see our country hold on to and not dial back to decades ago when we fought to just get basic health care.
So what does all this mean for my life. Well... less Toastmasters meetings. That is for sure. It means more meetings with people in my party. It means being more informed. It means learning more about the Constitution of the United States and the State of Arizona. It means more interest in the bills that are presented to Congress and the Senate. It means commenting and posting more on social media about things that I care about (oh I will still post pictures of Ford because everyone loves my cat Ford). And this may make my friends nuts. Or maybe not. I used to post a lot about Toastmasters. The shift is to something totally different.
My new reality won't sit well with everyone. I know that. I know that there have already been damaged friendships. When I decided to run for office inside Toastmasters a wise Toastmaster told me that I would lose friends. I thought she was crazy but she was 100% right. I will lose friends. I don't want to. Truly. It saddens me to lose close friends. People I know on Facebook casually, the sting is not so strong. If someone I loved decided to run, no matter their politics, I would love them. Just like all the other life choices, I will stand by you. Standing by me doesn't mean changing your politics or even voting for me if we live in the same area. Having you just say, wow, that is so cool, you would be great at that, good luck! That's all that I need. That is love.
My new reality is going to be exciting and frustrating and amazing. I am excited about what may come. I look forward to the journey. I feel the love already. And now to make my dream a reality.