Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Vermont had their primaries yesterday.
General elections across the nation are on November 6th.
And voting is as important as breathing.
I’ve been learning a bunch about so called “adulting” since the tail end of college.
If anything stuck, it’s that the most important aspect of being a young adult is to put into action our training of being active members of society.
It’s one of the most mature, and critical things we can do for the world around us:
Now, politics really have never been my ‘thing.’
The whole subject is confusing, complicated, and ever changing to say the least.
And I haven’t had enough education that actually taught me how things work; at least not past the general School House Rock structure.
I have been left to teach myself and learn about what is going on in my own government all on my own.
What I have learned, you ask?
My generation is CRUSHING the political game across the country. We are suspected to be the most politically active generation over the course of our lifetimes the country has seen yet.
On Sunday, the students of Parkland, Florida and other March for Our Lives members concluded their ‘tour’ around the country in Newtown, Connecticut; and I was fortunate enough to see it happen and speak with them first hand.
They visited over 20 states, with over 50 stops along the way – all within the span of about 2 months.
They have been actively registering people to vote, speaking to crowds that gather to hear their ideas, and informing the young voters on just how much they can impact their communities, and our country, with just their voices.
An amazing movement that started due to hundreds of tragedies across the nation.
It’s the ‘kids’ making moves to change policies.
It’s the high school and college students who just want to feel (and be) safe on their campuses that are encouraging people to get out and vote for what they believe in.
It’s the young adults that are pushing to have the voting age lowered to 16, because all of these policies going into place are affecting THEM.
It’s the millennial generation, just barely pushing through the beginnings of adulthood, that are so passionate about encouraging people to get out and vote.
So, my first valuable life lesson of adulthood:
Go out of my way to learn all about my political candidates and what they believe in.
My second lesson is to go out and vote for them.
Third, is to always listen to those younger than you are. They see the world in a different light. They have different experiences and education. Putting our heads together, maybe we can find a solution to our nation’s issues. Maybe we can get new perspectives and implement programs and policies to keep everyone safe, happy, healthy, and educated.
As I learn the ins and outs of adulthood, these students changing the nation will be my reminder that I can change the world. A little bit at a time. One voice at a time. One day at a time.