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After the Election Ideas

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This year is likely to go down in history as one of the most memorable year in politics. It was memorable to many due to the two main party candidates and their antics but also memorable due to how annoying everything became. The Facebook rants came often, the debates were hard to watch, and it was impossible to have a conversation with someone without them mentioning (or forcing upon you) their political views. I can only be thankful this Thanksgiving for the gift of voting day coming before the holiday. I’m sure many of us can agree that houses would fall apart over who was fit for president. But now that election season is coming to a close, we can start opening up space in our lives for something other than Clinton or Trump centered. Here are my suggestions.

Train for a Marathon

Were you constantly feeling fired up? Did some of Trump’s comments make you want to flip a table? Did Lester Holt start a flame deep within you? Just because the ballots are closing doesn’t mean you need to calm down. Start training for a marathon! Manifest that deep anger and use it to up your mileage. If your candidate didn’t win, then avenge them in the ultimate feat of strength by shouting their name as you cross the finish line. Nobody will judge you, trust me.

Start a Punk Band

Nothing is as great for channeling angst like a garage punk band. Having to endure months of bickering about email scandals can lead anyone to feel like they want to dye their hair black and jam out on an electric guitar. Also, this gives you an opportunity to write some emotionally charged songs about how the election affected you. Keep angry and jam on! Aleppo Moment? Dibs on the band name.

Throw a Political Party

Invite all of the republicans and democrats you know for America’s next best political party! Stage fake debates, make musical parodies of such debates and share them on your timeline! Go down in history with your candidates and dance the night away in the name of America. Make sure everyone dresses in red, white and blue!

Meditate

Meditate for both the wellbeing of yourself as well as your country. American is exhausted. Take the time you’d normally spend protesting at Trump rallies to unwind and reflect. Understand that everything happens for a reason. The world could always use more zen. Light some candles and set and intention for our next president’s wellbeing, as well as your own. Everything is going to be just fine…I hope.

Make Some Change!

If your party lost the presidency, then you might be feeling like your vote didn’t count. However, my best option is to get motivated, take some political science courses, attend law school, and become president! Actually, you don’t have to have much of a political background at all to be the most powerful person in the United States. In that case, I recommend majoring in some sort of music. Therefore, if you lose in the election, you can always start an angst-y punk band!

How are you dealing with the election being over? Drop us some comments below! 

Who to Watch in the 2012 Olympic Games

Track and Field
Sanya Richards-Ross is a force to be reckoned with on the track this year. She currently is America’s record holder for the female 400 meter run. Not only is Sanya leading team USA, but on Saturday June 2nd, she raced to the top spot leading the world! She broke 50 seconds in the 400, an amazing time for a female. Sanya will be representing the United States in the 400 meter run during this summer’s Olympic Games. This definitely should be a fun race to watch.

On the field side of things, keep your eyes open for Reese Hoffa. Reese is One of America’s throwers. Also on Saturday June 2nd, Hoffa earned the top 3 furthest throws for the United States, also placing him top in the world! The U.S track and field team is looking very strong this year. Outside of Sanya and Hoffa, there are many more talented Americans ready to compete for the gold. It should be a very exciting summer games on the track.

Gymnastics
As many of you have probably heard, gold medalist Shawn Johnson is retiring leaving a place for a new American gymnast to chase their gold medal dream. Jordyn Wieber might be just that girl. On June 10th Wieber claimed her second USA all-around title. Gymnastics is always one of the most popular events on TV during the summer Olympics. I’m sure this will be a name we will all know very well by the time the Olympic Games end.

Diving

Olympic trials are still going on and in some cases have yet to start in some of the sports. Because of this we aren’t 100% sure who will qualify for this summer’s games. One diver I am confident in is Katie Bell. Katie is on the USA national team and is an extremely hard worker training twice a day. I think our diving team will be fun to watch. It’s always cool for me to watch someone do something that I can’t do, or am too afraid to do. Diving is one of the things I am way to afraid to do. It should be very exciting to watch Katie in the trails and surely in the 2012 Olympic games.

Basketball
Basketball is something that has been a common topic on many American’s minds lately because of the NBA playoffs. I recently have been getting really into it. There are so many talented basketball players for the United States. Some recognizable names include Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, and Dwyane Wade. I am so excited for the basketball portion of the Olympics and I know many of you are too.

There are many sports in the Summer Olympic Games. The Olympics are something that most Americans follow and enjoy when the time comes. I am so excited that there is a 2012 Olympics and I honestly cannot wait for them to get started. I know I only chose to talk about a few of the sports but there are just so many, I simply chose the ones I personally am most excited to watch. I hope you all enjoy cheering on team USA in this summer’s Olympic Games!

– Speedy G.