I’ve never really been one to get too involved in politics. I don’t usually get very emotional about things in the news either. But I didn’t sleep well at all last night, and when I woke at 4:44am and checked the election results I started sobbing. My initial reaction: I’m so scared. What is wrong with America? How soon can we impeach him? I knew I needed to stop reading people’s reactions on Facebook and just go to sleep, but the glow of my phone sucked me in for at least an hour. I finally managed to drift back off for a couple more hours, and woke to sunlight streaming through my window and snuggles from my pup. It is going to be ok. We will make it ok. Because in spite of this outrageous outcome, I still believe that most of us are good at heart. At least the people in my bubble. If you are reading this, that means you. No matter who you voted for.
Against my better judgement, I checked my social media again upon waking and was reminded that I am in good company. My Facebook feed was blowing up with friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and family sharing words of hope and encouragement. Yes plenty still afraid for our future, but mostly words of love. Words of rising up from hate, discrimination, and greed. Granted most of the people in my circle are artists and yogis and people who generally share my world view. The BEST kinds of people. But guess what? Even if you are someone who is in favor of these election results, we can still be friends. Maybe you voted the way you did because of some deep-seeded conservative political views that I don’t understand. Maybe you couldn’t get past the emails or you weren’t ready for a woman president, or thought you were choosing the lesser of two evils. I personally think it sucks that America thought that this was our best option for a leader. And yes, I think there are still a good handful of evil bigots in this country. Regardless, adding hate to hate doesn’t make things any better. We need to choose LOVE. We need to bring the LIGHT. Be the CHANGE. And refuse to stand for any sort of BS that tries to threaten the social progress that America has continued to make in my time on this earth.
Today I woke up just like any other day. I put on my big girl pants (leggings!) and took my dog for a walk in the sunshine. I’m going to go to work and keep trying to be a force for good. I’m going to dance. I’m going to create. I’m going to surround myself with people who are loving and kind. I’m going to call my mom, and hug my husband, and know in my heart that things will be ok. We just have to demand it. Be the biggest people we can be, and rise above this. Today is going to be a tough one for a lot of us. We can’t control the outcome anymore. We can’t choose a new president. But we can still choose love. YES. I’m choosing LOVE.