Are You Sure?

Recently, I met someone who is running for public office. They explained their rationale, their platform and their personal reasons for running in this spring primary. This is a totally new associate I’ve never met until fate threw us together. Yesterday, another person told me that they are on the ballot, too. I’ve known this person for several years, but only very peripherally. You guessed it, they are running against each other. Really…go figure. In both cases, I looked at them and said, are you sure you want to do that?

They are 100% certain that they are ready for politics. Public service. Donating their time (’cause this role doesn’t pay a lot); offering their knowledge and skills to help others.

I hope that the right person is elected – not the right party – I don’t think that actually matters. Even if I knew them better enough to know who is the better candidate, I couldn’t vote for them as they are out of my district.

Beyond that, they are out of the area of expertise I have – or maybe better to say, the area of expertise I want to have. I would volunteer my time to do many things, but politics is not one of them (at least not today.)

No matter what you decide to do, I think you have to really ask yourself: are you sure you want to do this? To do it right, you have to spend a lot of time to learn something new and there’s only so much time in a day, in a month, in a lifetime. Make your time count.

~ Dawn aka Hat Girl

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