with Mir Kamin
I'm a freelance writer and mother of two working from home, which theoretically means I can set my own schedule so as to best accommodate my family. In reality, "flexible hours" often equals "working too much." Yes, I'm my own boss; no, that doesn't mean life is easy. It's hard to leave the office when you live there. But I love what I do and feel very lucky. And not just because I get paid to work in my pajamas.
To learn more about Mir, check out her profile on Work It, Mom! or visit her blog at http://www.wouldashoulda.com/
I’m not going to get anything done today. I should just make peace with that idea, right now. It’s not even 8:00 a.m., yet, and I know today is going to be a total wash.
I’ve been of legal voting age for the last five presidential elections, and I’ve never felt so wrapped up in the process as I do this year. Maybe I should be embarrassed about that; typically I’m not all that interested in politics. I mean, I vote—I always vote—but I’ve always sort of felt like I was going through the motions, and the outcome had very little to do with me, and things probably wouldn’t change that much.
Today I feel jittery, hopeful, scared, anxious, and proud to be an American. For a change.
I don’t want to get into a political discussion, really. You have your beliefs and I have mine, and maybe we agree and maybe we don’t. But there’s no denying that whatever the outcome of today, our country is on the cusp of change. It’s been… quite a year, no? 2009 is going to be something, either way.
There was a lot of talk about small businesses during this campaign season. Lots of concerns and accusations and tax issues were tossed back and forth, and some guy who’s not even a licensed plumber somehow became the center of “The Issues” in the crossfire.
I’m a small business. I mean, I’m running my own business; and for the first time, a lot of what was being argued back and forth was directly relevant to my livelihood. And even in the midst of a whole lot of rhetoric I couldn’t help thinking—I am lucky. I live in a country where starting and sustaining your own business is something that’s in reach for most people. I don’t know that that’s true for other countries. The bickering over how taxes will work and how health insurance is handled and all of that is secondary to the fact that I own my own business. And I am lucky.
This morning I’m going to finish up a few things, and then the kids and I are off to the polls.
I don’t know how much work I’m going to get done today, but I do know that one way or another, today we’re going to watch history change.
It blows my mind, truly.
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