1. Coffee is essential every day, but no days more so than Election Day. We’ll need that extra large, black coffee to keep us standing in that ridculously long line that’ll inevitably accompany every single voting precint.
2. Going out to the polls or walking around campus, we may find ourselves standing next to strangers or friends who share in the same hatred for a particular candidate as ourselves. We thank them kindly for suffering through this horrible day with us.
3. As is expected in such a polarizing election, we’ll come across people who support the candidate we despise. We’ll be sure to be as awkward and dodging as possible, so we can avoid participating in a heated debate.
4. Mid-day, we’ll decide to take a break and peruse our social media accounts. We will, unfortunately, come across election posts supporting the other side.
5. Maybe the only fix to our Election Day woes is to recharge with some delicous food.
6. Evening creeps up on us quickly (had we actually managed to escape from our horrible, political reality for the afternoon?), and the results begin to filter in. The anticpation hurts.
7. With our eyes peeled to the TV, we listen to our friends banter with each other about who the better candidate is. Despite our divides, we all fear what the world will look like with him or her in charge.
8. With the results lingering on the edge of certainty, we can’t help but fear the worst.
9. And when the winner is announced, and the candidate we supported has lost the election, nothing but sadness and despair for days.
10. And anger . . . fist pumping anger.
10. We begin thinking of all of the good things in our lives, so that maybe–just maybe–our rationalization will make us feel better.
11. Friends and family may look at us like we’re crazy, but we can’t help it. We just care so much.
12. At the end of the day, there’s not much we can do. We accept the defeat and look forward–with a drink in our hand, of course.
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