1. I’m going home to vote this weekend, because early voting didn’t start until the day AFTER fall break. I believe if you don’t vote, you forfeit your right to complain; and it’s not about feeling like your vote counts or trying to vote for the winner, it’s about being part of a democracy and saying what your conscious tells you.
2. Tennessee has a great program where you can dedicate your vote to a service member.
3. I came up with the term “preemptive bullying” during the last presidential debate. That’s now how I refer to Middle East policies.
4. I found out I can graduate a semester earlier than I was expecting if I take 5 classes instead of the 4 I was planning next semester. I don’t even want to think about the stress, but it will be for the best, even if my GPA dips. (Accidently having more hours than I think I did seems to be a habit of mine.)
5. I’ve learned that when the mood strikes me to write, I should obey it. I can put off homework until the last minute, because I don’t need inspiration to do it. When I’m inspired to write, I should drop everything to get as many words down as possible before the feeling passes, because sometimes it’s gone for months. It’s a little thing that when prioritized right, makes me exponentially happier. Number 5 is going to negatively affect Number 4, and I’m trying to figure out how to balance it.
6. I wrote a 3-part piece on space exploration and spiritual journey this week and only quoted Star Trek once. I do try to rein in my nerdiness sometimes.
7. Yesterday I missed class because I was sick. I hate missing class, especially with tests next week. I may have felt awful, but I didn’t lose my “vomit free since 2008” card, so it could have been worse. Sometimes, it’s the small victories.