If you were looking for someone to do a job like be the elected representative for an area in a governmental capacity, I’d say bluntly and directly to you, “Don’t look at me!”
Maybe it would be okay. I mean, I realize that being an elected official means that you have to be prepared to do almost anything, or at least do what you do in almost any situation, expected or not.
But in my world that just means that half (or more) of those situations are going to be mind numbingly and excruciatingly boring.
And boring is a pain I cannot endure, willingly or otherwise, for any length of time if I know that there is no chance of getting through it and being done with it.
To that end …
I write. That’s what I do. I love to write because I get to do it my own way. It’s never dull or boring for me to write, it’s me making up my own way of saying things. Sometimes it’s even me making up what I say entirely, when I’m writing fiction or human interest stuff.
And the other things I do, editing and IT work, that’s all about me being in control.
And if you add to that the fact that I am usually my own boss, then you get a picture of what appeals to me as work.
I could not be a politician. I can’t tell you what I hope for with a straight face if I know there is little chance that it will work out that way, it would feel like lying.
And if I can’t lie in public there is little chance I’d get elected anyway.
The truth is that I perceive the job of politicking to be the art of telling you what I’d like to have happen when I know full well that I won’t actually be able to make that happen, but make you believe that I will so that I can get elected to a term in office long enough to garner a pension that can keep me in the manner to which I would like to grow accustomed for the balance of my life.
My fellow citizens …
I cannot do that. I might be able to start on the lying thing, but then I’d spend my term in office trying to make what I’d promised happen.
And then I’d not get elected to a second term and I’d still be trying to make my promises come true for the rest of my life.
But, I can do this much
I have discovered that I can stand in one place for thirteen hours and work at an election. It’s kind of perfect for me. I get to meet all the people who want to vote, I don’t have any idea who they are voting for so I don’t have to get upset with them, I get to chatter and talk and laugh …
And I get to help. I get to make sure that people get through the voting process with ease and with understanding of how it works.
I worked for thirteen hours straight in one place.
Yes, I would usually need to get up and move around, and I did when the opportunity arose, when the voting was slow.
But knowing it was going to end with the closing of the polls allowed me to endure the day.
I’m ready for the next election.
I want to work all the elections.
If there’s a race for who gets to work the polling stations than I just have one thing to say …
Vote for me.