I took a chance today. I asked myself, why not? It paid off!
Earlier this morning, I logged on to Twitter and saw that our PM, Justin Trudeau was holding a chat session on Twitter later in the day. I happened to check Twitter again just before 2pm and saw that he was responding to questions either by tweet or video.
As I scrolled through the feed, I wondered if little ol’ me could garner a response from the Prime Minister of Canada. Usually this is the point where I stop and move on.
Today though, I decided to be impulsive and just do it. At the most, I would be among the many who don’t get replies from prominent social/political figures. I could always delete it afterwards. And so I went through the questions again and one began to form in my head. Something I didn’t see anyone else asking.
I didn’t want to just throw a question at him without a proper greeting, so as I juggled with the 140 character limit, I felt the panic rising. What if someone else asked my question before I did! I sent the tweet and spent the next 7-8 minutes jumping at every ‘like’ I received.
Deep down I wanted him to respond. I wanted to know that my voice could carry to Parliament Hill. As his replies showed up on my screen I did my best to remain patient. Well, he did answer my question, but someone else had asked it AFTER ME and they got the response.
Slightly dejected, I chastised myself for putting so much hope into one tweet. And then it clicked. Why not try again? I’ve already done one completely out of character thing…
I tried again with a different question. Lo and behold. I got a response! The very last one before he signed off!
It absolutely made my day! This was my third tweet to him (I sent one a couple weeks ago just before Canada Day hoping he would see this). Third time’s a charm I suppose…
It sounds so silly, getting all excited about a tweet. But as a student of Political Science and a citizen of Canada, I connected with the leader of my country today. As a person, I went out of my comfort zone. As nerve-wracking as that was, I am better for it.
I leave you with this quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” ~ Wayne Gretzky
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