This post is less about politics and more about how I have gone about trying to understand the complexity of our nation’s political climate during my young adult years.
I have always thought staying up to date with current events is an important part of growing up. I saw as my parents read the newspaper every morning, watched the nightly news and instilled in us the importance of voting once we turned 18.
My senior year of high school we were supposed to take a trip to Washington D.C. and considering my twin sister and four of our friends were the only ones who signed up for the trip, they cancelled it and I still haven’t been. I will forever hold this against the North Forsyth Class of 2010. In college, I majored in communications and multimedia journalism. All this to say, I genuinely enjoy keeping up with the news and politics as best I can and would 100% cry visiting our nation’s capital.
At the age of 25, I am really trying my best to keep up with what is happening in the political world, and I don’t know if it is just me, but it seems to be getting harder to understand the older I get and I feel like it should be the opposite. Maybe it is just the times we live in or I just need to try a little harder? Probably a little bit of both.
Here is the cycle of how I usually stay in the know these days: Presidential election season is happening, I care, I read and follow candidates on Twitter because how else am I supposed to get to know them? I watch the debates on TV and pretend like foreign policy is easy peezy stuff. Election day comes and I stand in the voting line feeling like more of a U.S. citizen than ever. I post a selfie with my “I voted” sticker so it counts, then I watch the fate of our nation unfold that night with the rest of America…while also constantly refreshing Twitter. Election night + Twitter = pure gold, my friends.
After election night, my interest usually lasts until about the 100 day mark. Up until then, I am listening to podcasts and NPR to help me understand what changes might happen under the new administration and try to understand how they would effect me. This is when I typically start to realize that this stuff is going to continue to change or stay unresolved for a while and I don’t know how much longer I can keep up. Once I start to understand one policy change it leaves the news cycle, moving on to the next headline as quickly as the last one came through.
By now, I am unfollowing political accounts on Twitter because I need a dang break from it all. I resort to watching any political show on Netflix to try and make sense of what actually happens, only to realize that at the end of every episode all the things are resolved. I might not understand tax reform, but I do know that there’s no way Olivia Pope is actually fixing all our nation’s issues and ending each night like me with a glass of wine and popcorn for dinner.
And you might be reading this shaking your head and thinking, “Oh boy, just another millennial we have to entrust our future to and all she does is talk about Twitter.” I will promise you this, if it will help you sleep better at night knowing that I will always strive to ask questions when I don’t understand. I will try my best to see views from both sides. I will read more than 140 character tweets and I will, one day, visit Washington D.C..
This is my twenties. Trying my best to do the adult things such as keeping up with current political issues and topics. But please, for the sake of my sanity, do not try and make me understand how the stock market works.