Are you wondering what is going to fill the void of passion-filled talks about candidates, nights riveted by cable news, days of having really good stuff to laugh or cry about at the water cooler? Then you may be suffering from "election withdrawal." This is, of course, a term I am making up to describe the let down and emptiness that many Americans are going to experience after what has been one of the most hyped up, exciting and engaging elections ever.
This election has given many people a way to cope with our nation's current difficulties: the economic crisis and concerns over what the future will bring. At times, it has provided someone to blame and also someone to put hope in. It gave many Americans the feeling that they can do something to improve the national situation, as well as their own lot in life.
So, what can you do if you are struggling with a void now? Find a new passion... in fact, find a few. Passion is good for the psyche and good for the soul. Find other things to get revved about, other ways to take action and, perhaps most of all, to creatively give back. By helping others and following a cause, you will find your own peace and joy. Share your beliefs and vision. Talk to friends and family - sharing those intimate thoughts and aspirations brings you closer and is very satisfying.
Continue to stay engaged in world news. Many Americans awoke from a state of apathy to learn what is going on in this country. Don't let that go! Continue to read the paper and watch the news. Stay abreast of current events and participate in your community's issues. When times are tough, feeling like an agent of change and really helping makes you feel connected to others and powerful in your own right.