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When the tide goes out.

This week, it feels like the tide went out.  And I’m left waiting for it to come in again.

when the tide goes out

It seems like there’s an ocean between what I want to feel (hopeful and helpful) and how I actually feel (fearful and frustrated, angry and anxious) now that the Presidential election in the US has been decided.

I spent Wednesday morning at the Cape running errands, grabbing a quiet moment at the beach before returning to the city.  I watched the waves reach the shore and was reminded of something I wrote a few years ago: Don’t get your eyebrows waxed when you’re sad.  It includes a simple list of things you can do during life’s low tide moments, including avoiding above-the-eye grooming and feeling upset when you’re upset.

When I revisited that post, I wasn’t surprised at all to see I’d written about the ocean in that particular moment of upset-ness:

During the day, I watched the tide’s cycle and couldn’t help but be moved by the natural order of things.  Sometimes the tide is high, and we are carried atop the waves.  And sometimes the tide pulls out, and we’re left feeling very small, a bit lost and a little abandoned. Inevitably, though, the tide comes back in.  And so it goes with life.  Sometimes we’re up.  And sometimes we’re down.

I think it’s okay to sit with our feelings (whatever they may be) for a bit (while not sitting still for too long… there is work to be done, after all).  And if you need someone there by your side, you know where to find me.

Be kind to yourself.  Be kind to others. (Please.)

Also On Tap for Today:

How are you feeling these days?

 

 

Today: Don’t be tardy for the Democratic party

rock the vote boatAmong the fifty gagillion reasons I’m happy we moved, is the fact that I can now vote in city elections.  Nick voted in Boston elections whilst living in Brighton, but on the side of Beacon St., I was not so lucky.  Sure, we had better sushi, Trader Joe’s and BodyScapes Fitness, the C line and cupcakes from Party Favors… but working in Boston, I never felt engaged in Brookline politics.  Or really anything in Brookline… besides sushi, BodyScapes, Trader Joe’s, the C line and cupcakes from Party Favors.

Now that we’re real, live, property-owning adults, everything matters just a bit more.  As dorky as this may be, I am very excited to walk up Broadway to my designated voting location and cast my first ballot as a registered voter in the city.  I am tempted to get there as soon as the polls open, and sneak the Frenchie in with me.

If you’re a city dweller, don’t be tardy for the (Democratic or Republican) party!  You can find voting information for tomorrow’s election by clicking here.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., which if you forgot to fall back, will feel like 8 a.m. to 9 p.m…. but it’s not.  So forget I even typed that.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Meet Bad Elizabeth and Pat for dinner at our favorite old haunt
  • Continue to pack up the office for next week’s move to greener pastures (i.e. more sq. footage)
  • Eat discounted Halloweenie candy
  • Swing by Trader Joe’s to pick up some treats for my American/Canadian exchange with Jaime
  • Stalk Jordan’s Furniture to find out when our delivery will arrive

How are you adjusting to daylight’s savings time?  Been early to any meetings?