an election-night tweetline

November 7, 2012 | 10 Comments

Three guys watching Obama win the election

I watched the election results come in online last night, switching between Huffington Post’s live update, Facebook and my Twitter feed. It was the couch version of the NY Stock Exchange traders floor.

Steve was at a geek-up downtown, unavailable to answer my less-informed questions like, ‘What’s the difference between the popular vote and the Electoral College BECAUSE OMG I’M FREAKING OUT.’ Which meant I was alone, on the couch, freaking out. Thank gooseberries my network paid attention in school. And I know how to use Google.

Obama was in the 60s for Electoral votes and Romney was ahead when I had to take Emma to swim lessons. By the time I got home, Obama was at 273 and my Facebook and Twitter feeds were cheering. I was confused and double-checked it was safe to breathe again, because Romney was winning the popular vote, and I truly did not understand how it worked (I do now!).

Twitter was high-paced last night. I couldn’t believe how much fun I had, alone, on my couch. My friend, Jocelyn tweeted this:

A tweetline of my evening:

Oh, Jenna. You throw the best parties.

And then I knew for sure America didn’t let us down.

Me too, JC.

This gave me goosebumps. Victory and truth.

The happiest.

Even ten year olds knew.

US TOO.

And then Obama finally got on stage, and it was gooooooood.

I cried during this part of Obama’s speech. I hope one day this will be true everywhere and always.

I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I read an essay last week by Linda Bacon called “Reflections on Fat Acceptance: Lessons Learned from Privilege.” She reminded me to not be discouraged when speaking up doesn’t seem to make a difference.

I don’t know whether anything I do, or write, or teach, will make a difference. But I do it, write it, teach it anyway, because it’s the right thing to do. And as uncertain as the outcome may be, the outcome of silence is clear. Change doesn’t happen if you don’t try. And given the choice between the uncertainty of taking action and the certainty of non-action, I opt for trying. It allows me to sleep at night and it gives me hope.

She reminded me to let go of the outcome.

Letting go of the preoccupation with outcome, even while we fight for it, makes us more effective. If you require payoff, you’ll burn out quickly. But if you are committed to the struggle, you can keep on keeping on. Even when you don’t “win,” there is fulfillment in your involvement in something worthwhile.

My living-in-London American friend, Catherine, was on a plane during the hoopla. The captain announced the results when they landed.

Inclusion is King.

Maybe, but I don’t think the world is tuning in.

I went to bed happy.

I will continue to hope and fight for the kind of world Obama described. Thank you for giving me a little bit of hope that maybe, just maybe, we’re moving closer to that world, America.


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  • http://www.livinginkelliesworld.com Joe

    I’m just glad that we don’t have to endure this stuff for another 4 years.

    • Shannon

      I’m sure you speak for many.

      (And hey—thanks for commenting!)

  • Marisa

    This is the best video on the issues with the electoral college I’ve seen. Worth a watch: http://youtu.be/7wC42HgLA4k

    • Shannon

      I shall check it out. Thanks, friend!

  • http://splatospheric.blogspot.com MizYank

    This election made me want to let go of not just the outcome but the process! Glad it’s over. Thanks for the great collection of tweets and the witty commentary!

    • Shannon

      It was fun to do!

  • http://www.happinesscubed.net Dawn Beronilla

    As a Godless Heathen (AKA Canadian) I am so happy and relieved and full of hope for you and all of my American friends.
    And man oh man did this blog post ever rock! I love the tweet highlights. PRAISE ALL OF THE JESUSES!!!
    Hysterical!!

    • Shannon

      Sillyhead—I’m also Canadian. And praise all of the jesuses for that!

      :)

  • http://www.lesbiansinmysoup.com/ Katy Anders

    Those were some great tweets!

    I was very pleasantly surprised by the outcomes across the country, and I am glad it’s over!

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