Hillary Clinton could kick my ass and I’m not even ashamed. I’m honored. Clinton is 65 years old and yet possesses more stamina than I have and I am in my mid 20′s. And I ain’t even mad. According to this article by The New York Times, Clinton was, ”over the past four years, on the road for 401 days and spent the equivalent of 87 full days on a plane.” And I freak out when I have to drive to Santa Monica.
How the hell does she do it? Especially having to deal with rumors that she is going blind and that she is “giving Bill a heart attack.” (I’m not even going to link to that statement, just Google her name and one of the things you’ll find at the top are stories of her being a shrew.) She has that resolute image of her in sunglasses staring at her mobile phone with a look of utter, “I can’t fucking deal with this shit, I have important shit to deal with.” I hear a rumor that someone thinks I’m fat on the Internet and I think, “WAIT EVERYTHING MUST STOP SO I CAN COMMENT ON THIS.”
How does she do it? That’s one of the phrases women are always asked, isn’t it? From moms to politicians, they’re all asked, “My gosh, how do you do it?” And in a way it sounds condescending. But I don’t mean it to be. It is a genuine question on my part. With so much to do and so many places to be, how does she actually do it? I want to believe that there is some secret formula for success and productivity that she has and I don’t. I have a feeling that the answer isn’t anything new. I have a feeling that the answer is, “I just fucking do it because I have no other option. Because I love and respect my job and the people I work for. Because I care.”
Are men asked “how DOES he do it” as frequently as women? Probably not. But then again, few human individuals, regardless of gender, have the schedule that Hillary does. Few can do what she can do. Few have her insane work load and regimen. And she just does it. Regardless of politics I think one has to respect this woman. Yet while reading the comments on said New York Times article, I of course found comments where “Hills” is criticized and it made me think, only a woman could be criticized for working too hard and then I felt sad.
I don’t know how you do it, Hillary. I know that you do it because it’s your job. But I don’t know how.
Almie Rose is a writer from Los Angeles. She has a blog, Apocalypstick. In addition to The Gaggle she also writes for Hello Giggles, The Frisky, Thought Catalog, and Genlux Magazine. Her book, I Forgot To Be Famous, is out now. You can follow her on twitter @apocalypstick. Her favorite pastime is eating and drinking and sleeping and then eating again.
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