I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted.
Think next week’s election. And for us diehard Chicago Cubs’ fans, think the World Series.
Now, I’ve tried my best to stay away from politics, to ignore sites like the New York Times, Politico, and Alternet. I watch anything but the news. (Well, at least I try.) I love HGTV and turn to it as often as I can. But let’s face it: the formulas for shows like “The Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Flip or Flop” get too predictable, even for an addict like me.
I’ve ordered a few books from Amazon, signed up and paid my money to Rosetta Stone. (I’ve been studying Spanish for the past six years and figured a different approach would help polish my skills and, more importantly, take my mind off of the “discovery” of new Hillary emails, Trump’s incompetence, and the Cubs’ poor performance in the World Series.) Nothing has worked.
I wake up in the middle of the night, and my busy mind froths with fears of the election or the Cubs’ failure to get to a game seven. I sit up in bed, rip off my CPAP mask, try to meditate and, when none of that helps me get back to sleep, I reach for the half of Clonazepan I have sitting at the ready on the table next to my bed. I just renewed that RX and worry that I’ll “eat” up all the medication before a week from Tuesday.
In anticipation of students’ stress next Tuesday on election day, my yoga center is offering both a morning and early evening class to help us survive. I’m considering taking both classes. But I’m not counting on the down dogs or chants of “om” to do a damn thing.
Now I know I’m in good company, with millions of people just like me who have had it with this year’s circus of a presidential election. This will be my eleventh election since turning twenty-one. (Okay, you math wizards. So now you know that I’m a senior who has seen more than my share of election shams, topped off by the “election” of George W. Bush by the U.S. Supreme Court. (By the by, Al Gore never claimed the system was “rigged.” He accepted the results and moved on. I wish we could expect the same democratic grace from Mr. Trump if he loses.)
If only all television, radio and print were hacked, creating a total news blackout. Hey, if the Russians can hack the DNC’s emails, why can’t they go the extra mile and give us all a break. And while they’re at it, maybe they can “fix” the last two games of the World Series and have the Cleveland Indians fold.