I'm exhausted today but not from working at the election for thirteen hours helping people with the voting machines (that was last night). I'm emotionally exhausted from all these many months of the campaign while I was a nervous wreck heebie-jeebie basket case being afraid to get my hopes up and to believe the polls no matter what happened. I'd steeled myself from experiencing the disappointment I have felt after the last two presidential elections but knew I'd be devastated if it happened again.
My son expressed how I also feel when he wrote in his blog, "I feel like I'm coming out of a long, abusive relationship and someone is finally treating me nice and I don't know how to react."
After so much tension and stress, it will take a while to relax. I sincerely hope we can have some unity in this country for a change. We need to grow up as a country, and perhaps this is a beginning. Now we need to have civil rights for everyone and quit treating gay people like second-class citizens. We must quit sucking when we're compared with other industrialized countries, as in high infant-mortality rate, no affordable national healthcare, education, and other areas in which we need to improve.
I stayed away from all people today and feel better able to face the rest of my week. I'm thrilled about this historic election and will be able to actually feel it tomorrow after a good night's sleep.