So, we’re almost at the year and a half mark. There have been times when I’m really really mad about what is happening. And there have been times, maybe even an entire week here or there, when I forgot that Trump was president. There were weeks when I emailed senators every day and then months when I never called at all. But what I’m looking for a place somewhere in the middle where I’m engaged but I don’t feel insane with anger.
I’m getting better at this I think. One thing is I read less news. The news is bad. It’s really really bad pretty much all of the time. And there are times when I’ve binged on news. But I’m getting better at turning it off when I’ve had enough.
And then, right when I get to that point where I’m starting to boil–like when I’m reading about how Trump is separating kids from their parents at the border–I stop reading and I call my Senators whose numbers are all saved in my phone. I used to send faxes, but a good source told me that faxes probably just end up in an email inbox. I call my New York Senators. And I call my Kansas Senators too. Sometimes the Kansas office admins ask me where I live and I say Leawood and I feel kind of bad about lying, but then I think about all the times our president has lied and I feel okay.
Per a friend’s recommendation I’ve been listening to Pod Save America, a podcast by some former Obama staffers, and I get so mad I usually call my senators before the podcast is even over. And then I don’t finish the podcast. And I think that’s okay.
And I’m trying to be nice. It sounds dumb. But yeah, be nice. Even to people you don’t like. I’m not good at these things. Like, I am not so nice sometimes. But, you know, I’m trying.