I watched this video from The Onion and laughed out loud because I recognize some of the symptoms in myself. Of course, it helped that a friend of mine pulled me aside to ask if the reason that I have been depressed and cranky lately is because I am suffering from campaign withdrawal.
My Name is Michael and I'm an Obamaholic
For months leading up to election I spent most of my waking non-work hours volunteering with Obama Pride - Metro DC and its chair Phil Attey to turn the state of Virginia blue for Barack. I phonebanked, canvassed door-to-door, blogged, socially networked and recruited volunteers to help elect Obama as our next president.
I was also Trip Coordinator for Yes We Van II: Barack the Vote in which we led about 100 LGBT volunteers from DC to five cities in Southern Virginia for the last four days of the campaign.
If you were to ask me anything leading up to Election Day, my response would have been "Yes we can!"
On the night of the election I shed more tears than you can imagine at hearing that Obama had won the state of Virginia and that he had become our new President-Elect. I was in tears the next morning when I called my 89 year old grandmother to tell her the amazing news that finally America had elected an African-American president.
Even now as I write this post I am near tears.
The overwhelming emotion is not just about the almost unbelievable historic moment of Obama being elected as our first Black president, but also the feeling that many got from working on the campaign that all things are possible if we set aside our differences and work with passion and commitment for the common good. It was a sense of possibility that I don't often find in the LGBT movement.
Stepping from the campaign world back into the real world has been far more difficult that I ever thought it would be. After all, I had worked on campaigns before and been able to snap back into reality almost instantly. But, this time is different. I have been alternately consumed by the goofiest of smiles at what has been accomplished and feeling a sense depression and loss now that the campaign has ended and my regular life has resumed.
In the coming days, after a bit more rest, I fully intend to integrate the "Yes we can!" spirit into all areas of my life.
I don't quite know what's next, but I am committed to doing it with love and passion.