I am so depressed over the outcome of my country’s (United States) election (not to the point where I need to start calling a suicide hotline.) I am having serious thoughts about how this is going to affect my future.
I have been working in Higher Education for years as a part-time professor. I like having a flexible schedule, but it does not give me any benefits. If my colleges do not get the funding they need to pay me, I may find myself out of a job.
Because I work part-time, I need to pay for my health insurance. My premium just went up recently. I am going to try to apply again and see if I can find a better option that I can afford. I may not have the option of keeping my current neurologist. My medicine is expensive, so this all has me completely stressed out.
I have fallen back on old habits. I am attempting to cope with the horrible pain of it all by eating chocolate and other sugary treats.
The sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) and STEM education have always had a special place in my life. The President-elect has made several campaign promises that, if enacted, would bring science and STEM education to its knees in America. What will happen to epilepsy research?
What I thought I knew…
Most importantly, this event calls into question what I thought I knew about people. I don’t have a major grudge against republicans in general. There are some prominent republicans that I might think about voting for, but not someone like our new President-elect.
I never would have thought that someone like him would have been elected. I truly fear for the future of my country, and I don’t think that I’m being paranoid.