10 Things Only Door-Knockers Understand
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10 Things Only Door-Knockers Understand

We're just your friendly campaigners, trying to make a difference.

10 Things Only Door-Knockers Understand
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In this busy political season, you have probably seen or opened the door for campaigners. As annoying as we may be, we really care about our cause and we hate bothering you. Our job is hard, and very rewarding. There is much more to it than may meet the eye. Here are 10 things that only door-knockers understand.

1. When people say that they don't follow politics...

I mean, really. Really. You can't be serious.

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2. Walking up to a house and leaving literature feels like you're doing something horribly wrong.

I have never looked behind my back as much as I do when I'm walking. I have nothing to hide, but every step feels out of place.

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3. Wanting nothing more than to curl up into a ball after being yelled at.

We are human beings, believe it or not. It is important to remember that we may be campaigning, but we are not our candidate. Please don't yell at us.

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4. Slamming the door in our face makes us want to cry. Don't do that.

You can, however, politely decline from speaking to us. JUST BE NICE!

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5. Your feet feel like they may fall off by the end of a five hour shift.

Even wearing sneakers doesn't help to eliminate the incredible ache you feel at the end of the day. Suggestion: don't wear flip flops.

6. Half hour conversations with voters who want to tell you every reason why your candidate is the right/wrong choice.

Some people know more than you do at this point. It's amazing how much people research candidates. Murmur the appropriate response and pray that they run out of information.

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7. When a sweet old lady thanks you for walking.

There's nothing that validates what you're doing than people who give you a smile and thank you. Those are the best. Sometimes this job is draining, and there is nothing better than people appreciating what you do.

8. That feeling you get when you finish a walk book.

The feeling is incomparable. It's like finishing a ten page paper that you decided to write the night before the due date. It's relief, euphoria, insurmountable happiness...but just you wait. There's always more.

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9. Meeting someone who has a very deep love for all things involving your candidate.

There are fan clubs for political candidates, and I still don't know what to think about it.

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10. Part of you feels proud for being involved and having your voice heard.

It feels good to know that you did something to make a difference. Especially at such a young age, it is important to get involved. Being a door-knocker is not the most high-profile job, but you get to meet voters one on one, and get to speak to the people who directly decide the future of our nation.

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