I am volunteering to be the change I wish to see in this world. And, it’s going okay-ish.
At the start of my training session for volunteering for the Biden-Harris campaign, the volunteer captain stated, “Don’t be discouraged. There will be tons and tons of people who don’t want to talk to you.” Personally, I hated hearing that. I am a goddamn delight to speak with. You should be honored.
However, there were many people who sent me straight to voicemail or blatantly told me that they didn’t want to speak to me. My favorite rejection: “Oh, democratic. Bye now!” Classic. Although many were quick to get rid of me, it was the ones who voting that got me excited.
Many understood that they may be privileged, but that shouldn’t prevent others from having healthcare. Many understood that this is the most important election and had to inspire people to vote. Their energy was infectious.
I thoroughly enjoyed the people who said to never call them again or one man in particular who was telling his kid to shut up so he could speak to me. However, that man’s son kept screaming that he needed $100, so the man told me that this called costed $100. I quietly said that I would call back another time, then hung up due to the pressure.
I’d never volunteered for a campaign before, but I felt like I made a small difference by making these calls. Yes, many of them were hang-ups, undecided voters, and diehard Trump supporters. However, I gained insight and perspective. People will vote with their feelings. Not matter how much data, information, or stories you tell them, they will only change if they feel like changing. Rather, they will only change if they feel inspired to change. All we can do is try and hope that they will be inspired.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned!