How to Escape the U.S. Presidential Election Frenzy
This is not a blog post about my favorite candidate, so take a big sigh of relief. I don’t care who votes for who. Your decisions are your own, and so are mine. Personal. However, it seems like everywhere I turn, I see photos and poll results: Trump versus Clinton, Clinton versus Trump. Every time I switch on the computer, it is in my face, inescapable. It used to be that you could just by-pass the newspaper stand and switch off the television to avoid the U.S. election frenzy, in fact we cut our cable cord in 2010 to avoid the election advertisements back then (and never connected it back, either!) But with the news-at-a-touch smartphones, it is almost impossible to avoid news concerning either Clinton or Trump. Of course, if it was just news, that would be one thing, but this American election has turned into an all out gloves-off hate-mongering circus. With just 16 days until elections, it’s like watching the last 2 laps at a NASCAR Race. If you’ve never been to a NASCAR race, nothing really happens until those final laps. I went to the Daytona 500 myself. It is pretty sedate for about 498 laps around the track, and then all hell breaks loose and everything happens-all at once. It’s exciting. It’s dangerous. It’s crazy. You can’t take your eyes from the cars for fear of missing those last thrilling moments. Yeah, the American presidential elections have reached those final laps and everyone around seems to be wound up tighter than a horse at the starting gate. How can anyone escape this U.S. Presidential Election frenzy?
Social Media Election Circus
If smartphones had not become a daily accepted part of lives, it would not be as easy to get caught up in the media circus surrounding both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s running the twitter feeds (and I follow neither candidate!), it’s rampant on Facebook, where my friends post news articles on one candidate or the other, staunchly supporting their sides. Then Wikileaks dumps more emails and the whole mess boils up again like a bubbling pot of stew. The Nellie Bly in me steps back and goes: woah! This is total insanity. On both sides. If anyone tries to comment with their personal opinion, they are immediately tackled by ten opposing supporters, as if it were a football match. Yes, the presidential candidates are fighting, but now so are my friends and family! Even my own kids come home from school with news like: I know this teacher is voting for—– and that one is a —— supporter. If ever there was a nation torn apart, it appears to be now.
Using Nature as Your Refuge
The American Presidential elections are on November 8th, and there are only 16 days left. The circus will only grow worse. So how to combat this crazy Presidential election frenzy? Escape it. Completely. Not everyone can just pick up and move to Greenland (which incidentally has a population of about 56,000- the whole country!) And Iceland only considers people who speak Icelandic for citizenship to their volcanic island nation. So the vast majority of us are stuck. Here. In the United States. We can, however unplug. Totally unplug. The telephone, cellphone, television, and even the car radio. Eat dinner with your kids and ask about their school day. Take everyone on a walk in a park or even just in your neighborhood, who knows, you might be joined by other neighbors and friends who need a breather from the election circus. The weather has cooled in Florida, which makes it optimum hiking time. Here are some more outdoor ideas to get you motivated:
- Check out the Florida Trail map and hike a section of the trail.
- Go kayaking or canoeing on your favorite river. The tubers have gone, and chances are, you might even have the river to yourself and nature.We saw manatees on the Chassahowitzka River the other weekend!
- Go fishing. Just you, the water and peace and quiet!
- Take a bike ride.
- In Georgia: hike to Springer Mountain, the Edge of the World, or even Raven Cliffs Falls.
- Check out the leaves changing color.
- Visit the Smoky Mountains National Park.
- Section hike the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.
- Listen to the birds, or the roar of cascading waterfalls and rivers.
- Take the family camping.
- Breathe in the crisp autumn air. There are less allergens (at least around our area) this time of year.
- Visit an apple orchard and pick apples.
- Rake up leaves and jump in them with your kids.
- Throw a football around with your family.
- Play freeze tag.
- Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows.
- Have a drum circle (by your bonfire).
- Go to the beach (even if it’s cold!).
- Climb trees.
- Play an impromptu game of soccer.
- Plant a winter garden: turnips, mustard, Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, cabbage- yum!
- Have a real picnic.
- Surround yourself with nature.
Unplug and unwind. 10 minutes. 2 hours. 2 days. You choose. Use nature as your refuge and take a total digital detox and escape the U.S. election frenzy.
Have a great week!
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