I’ve volunteered with LP campaigns every year since 2011. Every year I’ve gained experience and leveled up. I’ve experienced the thrill of victory as well as the not as thrilling feeling of defeat. Or as I like to call it, not winning as much. I’ve also felt burnout, as many activists over the years have.
I’ve learned to take breaks after the November election until Jan/Feb. This year I took time off, came back and just didn’t feel inspired to continue. This last year was different. A close friend of mine passed away who I met through the LP and after it happened, I just didn’t feel that I had the energy I used to have. I slowed down. I took a break from social media and refocused on myself and some old personal/business goals I had set.
During my break, I have been catching up on reading and writing, improving my content creation skills, and continuing to build my statewide network in Washington. I was recharging my batteries for what will be my next big push. I’ve slowly started helping campaigns again, and have reviewed my candidate recruiting plans from 2014, 2015, and 2016. I feel refreshed and if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
I have reflected on my time and energy invested into the cause of liberty. I have asked myself, is it worth it? And the answer is most definitely YES.
Even though volunteering our time for the cause of liberty is not always easy, or fun, or exciting. Sometimes it is quite the opposite. Sometimes, it’s draining, boring, and frustrating. However, I look at some of our most prominent candidates and I see highly functioning campaigns, professional marketing pieces, and well written press releases. I see activists who were brand new to the LP just a few years ago, now in leadership positions taking massive action towards our mission.
When I joined the Libertarian Party I joined because I wanted to create a society void of coercion, victimless crimes, and authoritarian policies. I joined because I felt that Libertarianism is the only moral and ethical political philosophy in existence. I joined because I believed the Libertarian Party is the best vehicle to implement Libertarian policy and was the only political party that represents me.
However, sometimes life has a way of changing our plans. It’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay to modify plans and timeframes. For a year, a month, or a day. It’s healthy to reflect and recharge.
Because when we get active again, we are stronger and better prepared than we ever were.
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."