I was in the shower.
We had planned on running this morning. We are signed up for a 5k next weekend, but neither of us have run since July. (Oops.) We were planning on using this week like a student uses the night before a test, fitting a few days of runs in and pretending it would be enough to not feel like we were dying as we ran 3.1 miles. Instead, we laid in bed watching news bloopers on YouTube and ordered McDonald’s for breakfast.
We walked the dog for 30 minutes in a neighborhood near our house. It was gorgeous out this morning – 65 degrees and sunny. We haven’t gotten much fall color here this year, but leaves are starting to brighten.
When we got back to our house, I hopped in the shower, getting ready to go return some stuff to Target. At 11:30, my husband burst in the bathroom to tell me they called Pennsylvania. Biden and Harris clinched the presidency.
I’m not really a crier. It takes me a minute to feel my emotions. I was glad, obviously – so, so glad. I texted my sister asap. I messaged a couple friends. I scrolled through my socials and watched people celebrate and breathe a sigh of relief.
All day, though, I’ve felt my body relax a bit. I think I clench my jaw when I’m stressed; sometimes it makes my molars sensitive. That wasn’t happening. I felt the biggest release of tension when I found this post.
That post, and every post I’ve seen today about Kamala Harris, have given me chills. I am beyond thrilled about this result for too many reasons to count, but seeing this glass ceiling get broken by a black Asian-American women is everything to me. I think more than anything else, I lean left because women deserve better. And when we invest in women and allow them to meet their full potential, everyone benefits.
I am vividly aware that I need to get more involved politically throughout the next four years. I’m looking at what is happening in Georgia and wondering how I can help do the same thing here in Tennessee. I’m researching some volunteer options with friends and plan to edit my donations as well. The Biden/Harris win has given me enthusiasm and drive. I want to create change, too. I want to make a better world, too. I was taught growing up that you always leave a place better than you found it. During Biden’s presidency, and beyond, I want to do everything I can to make that happen.
Where were you when you found out?
NaNoPoblano 2020: 7/30