I complain about a lot of things. My husband. My kids. The fact that so many restaurants include red peppers in dishes without revealing it as an ingredient on the menu, probably because they think it’ll be a happy surprise, when, in fact, it’s always an unfortunate, meal-ruining sight.
It feels good to complain. It’s cheaper than therapy and often when I hear (or read) myself doing it, it’s a good wake-up call that I need to be more grateful and less whiny. Until I start all over again. It’s a nice cycle. For me, anyway.
Here’s another thing I enjoy complaining about: The president of the United States.
And because I voted in the last election, I can.
Complain, that is.
I don’t support everything the current president does. Nor did I support everything the president before him did. Same thing with the guys before him. Same thing with local and state elections and all of the issues and candidates therein.
But I had my say regardless. If I didn’t vote, I don’t think I’d have any place voicing my opinion on the subject, or any subject, really. I’ve thrown away my vote on third-party candidates in local elections because the major-party candidates didn’t appeal to me on specific issues. But I still voted. I didn’t like either of the final choices in the 2008 presidential election, but I cast a vote nonetheless.
In all good conscience, I just know I couldn’t possibly complain if I passed up the opportunity to be part of a movement affecting change.
I’d hate to hate what was happening and feel totally powerless because I didn’t caste a vote. Does my vote really matter? I live in a swing state, so I think it actually does. But even when I lived in a state that always voted the way I did, I still voted. If everyone sat home because they thought their voice was insignificant, I’m pretty sure life would likely be awfully quiet and noticeably devoid of color.
Complaining is good. Voting is even better.
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