By Fadi Didi
Having been overseas, and seeing firsthand the damage that can be done when citizens don't have a say in their government, I understand the importance of voting.
This is a message we try to cram down the throats of non-voters, who -- for one reason or another -- don't feel as though marking a ballot carries much importance.
So -- for those people -- here are some other reasons to vote today.
First -- it's a new experience you can have right in your own backyard. It's something that only comes around every 4 or so years, and once the opportunity is gone, it's gone for a while.
Secondly -- it will break up your day. We get so stuck in our day-to-day lives, that the mundane can sometimes be overwhelming. Leaving work for a few minutes to vote will give you something out-of-the-ordinary to do.
Thirdly -- everyone else is doing it. We sometimes hear parents scold their kids, using the phrase "if everyone else was jumping off a bridge, would you do it?" But I would equate voting to seeing the series finale of MASH, or watching the Superbowl. It's a shared, collective, and positive experience that everyone -- EXCEPT YOU -- will have insight on, unless you vote.
Fourthly -- Voting can get you out of the house. Remember that thing you were supposed to do this week that you've been putting off? Get out and vote on today, and get that other terrible chore out of the way.
A fifth reason -- the weather is getting nicer, and you should be spending more time outside. Maybe the good weather can inspire you to leave the house and go for a walk to your voting station. On top of all the other reasons I've listed, it will be good for your overall health, which will be less of a burden on our health care system.
Another reason -- It only takes a minute. In fact, the time it takes you to get to the polling station -- which isn't very long -- will actually be more time than it will take to vote. It's not a time-consuming task.
Seventh -- If you're lazy like me -- it's an easy and effective way to make a difference. You mark a piece of paper, and you change your government. You won't break a sweat, it's idiot-proof.
That's seven non-preachy reasons why you should vote in today's provincial election that aren't pandering to your sense of guilt or obligation.
Regardless of who win's today's election, we're all moving forward together.