(Insert Pithy Political Pun Here)

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Hi. I want to start off by saying this is not a post that is meant to try and get you to vote for one candidate or the other. By now, if you’re a responsible voter, you know the issues and you know that no mater how many candidates we have – on election day, (due to the fact that the majority of people will only vote within their party lines) two options: Trump or Clinton.

So why waste my time? I have homework to do and me listing facts that you already know in a different way isn’t going to change your mind about who you’re voting for.

That being said, this, (again if you’re a responsible/conscientious voter) should terrify you. Trump is a suspected pedophile and completely unqualified to be president and Hillary is a white feminist war hawk.

There is something that is almost scarier to me though, (surprise, right?).

I’m scared because, once again, the presidential race has almost completely obscured the importance of voting for the best Congress. Let’s be real for a minute – Congress has a hell of a lot of power, our entire political system is designed so that, (theoretically) there is equal power with the president, the congress, and the judicial system. If we, (lord help us) have Trump for a president, I sure as anything don’t want a Republican congress helping him take away rights from literally every group other than well-off, white, straight, cis, Christian, able-bodied people.

Please vote, not only for our president, but for our congress and our local leaders, (yes they’re important too!). If there’s a box to check on the ballot, I implore that you check it and even before the time comes to vote, prepare yourself through education and research to make the best choice that fits with your ideals. But while you do this, I also ask, no, I beg of you to please think of every group that will be influenced by your decision, including, but not limited to:

dis/differently-abled people, non-white people (especially immigrants), Muslim people (& people who aren’t Christian/Catholic), transgender people (especially those who need medication and hormones to maintain who they are), mentally ill people, poor people, gay/queer people, black peoplenative/indigenous people, and any variation/combination thereof.

That’s all I ask, not that you vote the same way that I do, or the way that everyone is screaming at you to, or even the way your parents/family/friends do: just think before you vote and exercise your right to influence the fate of this country.

-Julie

(ps I will not be engaging with any blank vs blank political discourse in the comments – I don’t have time for that headache but I wish you all the best).

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A Letter to Those Who Left

You know what, I get it.

Relationships, of all kinds, they’re difficult – sometimes they aren’t worth it. And sometimes you have to take the easy way out in order to save yourself. I’ve done it too – not saying I’m proud of it, but I’ve done it.

So I get it.

What I do not get is the why.

I’ve come up with a million reasons but all of them come back to I wasn’t good enough. There was a point in time where I accepted that as the truth, and at that point, this letter would be sounding a lot different.

I don’t accept that anymore. I have always been good enough, and I always will be, as a person who exists and loves and just tries to live to the best of their ability every single day.

Does that make me perfect? Flawless? Someone everyone should care about?

No.

It does make me a person who has the right to be upset when people literally just up and leave, without a goodbye, from my life. I don’t hate any of you, honestly. But I am still hurting because I just don’t understand why.

Despite the hurt, I want to thank you for leaving because if you hadn’t, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

I’m still alive because people left.

I’m happier because people left.

I’m healthier because people left.

My relationships are more successful because people left.

I know who I am because people left.

I know what I deserve because people left.

and I know that I’m worth love, even when people leave me.

I hope that all of you are out there living amazing lives. You all deserve it. And I hope you learned as much as I did from our time together. I think that’s what life is about – learning from the people you know for as long as they let you.

-Julie