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November 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm (Uncategorized)

The semester is winding down, and as I look at where things are going I wonder where the time’s gone. It can’t just be one more semester…but it is. I think back to three years ago, when I was in essentially the same situation. High school was nearing an end, and I didn’t have a clue where I was going or what I would do. Some of that has cleared up, but now I’m looking at grad schools and wondering where life will take me; if I’ll lose touch with so many of the people that have touched my life and heart here as I have with people from high school. It’s interesting, that feeling of loss. Loss isn’t the right word. Moving on, nostalgia maybe. All these people I knew so well, but have hardly spoken to since leaving Camas. I still wish them all the best, and I appreciate that facebook lets me keep up with their lives. I look at people at think how wonderful it is that they’re doing what they want to do, and that they’re following the path they want to chart for themselves. I sometimes think that I should drop a line, but I never really know what to say. It’s hard to ask someone how their hopes and dreams have evolved over time. We’d need to sit down for coffee, but we’re hundreds of miles apart.

I guess I just don’t forget people. Those who have made an impact on the person I am today are still relevant, still reaching out to me through the years if not in any physical sense.

This semester has taught me a lot, about what I want to do with my life and the kind of person I want to be. This election cycle was rough, and being in the thick of the electoral process has shown me that it’s not really what I want to do. There are so many spectacularly talented people who could serve their state or country well, but they don’t always get elected. I put a lot of myself into the governor’s race in Idaho, for a lot of reasons. Keith wasn’t the kind of person I generally assume I’ll vote for. I like people to be reliably liberal most of the time in elected office. But he helped me see something that I think will have an effect on me for the rest of any political career I ever have: being reasonable. Keith has a PhD in conflict resolution, so he knows how to bring people together. It’s what he’s been doing his whole life. I think that’s what most of us want and what the founders of this country hoped we would do: govern from the middle, passing policies with broad support. However, more and more recently we’ve been electing people from the extreme left and extreme right. There is a time to do what’s unpopular but right. For most policies, though, we should be looking at facts and what people need. We haven’t been doing that. I think most people are reasonable, we just are continuing to elect people whose views are on the fringes of the political spectrum. We need to stop.

Maybe I’ll be able to help start changing that, but who knows? These things seem to come in cycles in any case.

 

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