do one thing every day that scares you

Or in my case, do it twice a week.

If I call my family or best friends on the phone, they usually answer with a panicky “IS EVERYTHING OK?” This is because I do not like talking on the phone. I hate it. Once, my voicemail was borked for like 6 months, and I didn’t realize it. I was just delighted that everyone had finally realized that texting is my love language and stopped calling me.

But, my kids recently started preschool, and I signed up to volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign in my newfound free time. And you know what they needed me to do? Phone bank. Yep. I go in, and they hand me a flip phone and a list of names to call. Thank God they’re at least people who have supported Democrats in the past, because getting yelled at by Trump supporters on the phone isn’t something I want to deal with– seeing them pop up in my Twitter mentions is bad enough.

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This is me, awkwardly making calls on a flip phone.

So yeah, twice a week, I go do a thing I utterly hate. I actively dread it before I go. But I push through the awkwardness and anxiety because I think winning this election (and electing Democrats to the House and Senate) is SO IMPORTANT. I want to be able to tell my kids one day that I did everything I could to stop Donald Trump and elect our first woman president. The idea of a Trump presidency gives me actual nightmares. Knowing that I’m helping stop it helps me sleep at night.

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Channeling RBG helps me be brave.

Do you have any free time at all? Does the idea of a Trump presidency scare you? Then push through the awkwardness with me and sign up to volunteer. Go to hillaryclinton.com, click ACT up top, and sign up. An organizer will contact you (mine’s an awesome guy named Cortrell) and get you signed up to do whatever you can in whatever time you have. You might end up phone banking. You might register voters. You might canvass your neighbors. You might do data entry. But you’ll be helping America avoid a Trump presidency, and that is a BIG FREAKING DEAL. It’s worth doing, even if the idea of calling strangers on the phone makes you break out into a cold sweat. We can do this. After all, we’re #StrongerTogether.

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3 thoughts on “do one thing every day that scares you

  1. I live far far away from you. But I feel, that I have so much in common with you :) I have a boy with SB, I don’t like talking on the phone, especially with strangers. And I am really scared if Trump becomes the president of USA. Thank you for working to stop that!
    Your suporter from Lithuania :)

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  2. Living in MD, I’m sure we’re on the lowest-priority in terms of ground game initiatives because we’re so blue we’re navy (and the 538 charts show us going very much for Hillary), so I’m donating when I can to help efforts in other states. But given how things are going your efforts could really help move states which would be otherwise red go blue, and especially in states like CO it’s close so what you’re doing is really, really important.

    I also have my Marylanders for Hillary shirt, which I love on so many levels because the design is great and the typeface is Futura and it’s 100% American made, and I had to get it because this is effing historic and I might never wear it lest I lose it. (OK, that’s a little dramatic.)

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