Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a hectic week. In fact, she’s had a pretty hectic and busy life since running for Congress last year — the woman does not stop. Whether she’s speaking to people in her community, tweeting lawmakers about their inactions, or clapping back at haters, Ocasio-Cortez clearly understands the importance of her role and the pressure she faces every day. But she’s only human and this week proved that even superheroes get sick.
On Friday, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez served up drinks and waited on people at a restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. The Congresswoman went back to her waitressing roots for charity and to bring awareness to raising the minimum wage to tipped workers. However, by Sunday, she had come down with a cold.
Ocasio-Cortez was given the honor to represent at the Queens Pride Parade but told her followers that she was too sick to join in the festivities.
“Hey everyone—I was super excited to march in Queens Pride today, but sadly I came down with a really bad cold this weekend and won’t be able to make it. Our organizers will be marching and tabling at the festival with resources for the community,” she tweeted. “Celebrate extra for me!”
Some of her followers expressed their disappointment over her not showing up for Pride.
“If you really cared, you’d weather through it. I’ve never been so disappointed,” one person tweeted, while another showed that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is showing the importance of self-care by taking a time out. “Part of our whole message about sick leave/sick pay for workers is that people should stay home, take care of themselves, and not get other people sick,” they responded. “She’s walking the walk.”
Later in the day, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did end up showing up at the Queens Pride Parade thanks to a little R&R and some Latino remedies that never fail.
Couldn’t let this suit go to waste✨
Thanks to some extra rest, medicine + vaporu (😉) we were able to rally + join everyone for a bit at #Pride today.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2019
VapoRub (or Vaporu) — the traditional Latino medicine — got the Congresswoman well enough to greet fans, talk about important issues, and able to celebrate even for a short while.
Later, she took to her Insta-story to explain a little about her rationale to conquer through her cold and go to Queens Pride. She said that she had been looking forward to the event for months, but that she had been feeling sick all of last week. She noted that it was imperative to listen to her body and intuition to know that she had to cancel.
“I know my body well enough by now,” she said on Instagram. “I know what I can handle.” She added that in our society, we often glorify people who push through their limits, saying that sometimes it’s okay to do that, but other times it’s okay to stop.
We love that she’s showing the importance of taking a sick day, and also that she gave VapoRu a nice shoutout. Yes, abuela would be proud.