The past two weeks have been somewhat of a blur. If you read my election day post, I was prepared to elect our first female president, and I had no doubt in my mind that this was going to happen. In fact, from the day that Hillary Clinton announced that she was running for president, I assumed that she would be our next POTUS. There was never a doubt in my mind.
But, like many others, I was shocked by the results of the election. I kept thinking to myself, “This isn’t happening.”
I cried in bed, scared for our country and those who have been threatened and insulted over the election cycle. When I arrived at work, I shut my door because I was overcome with emotion. But soon I realized that spending my time crying and being afraid would do nothing. I feel like I experienced the stages of grief within just a few hours, and then started looking for ways to make an impact.
I’ve tried really hard to not allow myself to wallow or be paralyzed with fear. As politically aware as I am, I’m not nearly as active as I should be in volunteering and donating. I hate to think that my laziness attributed to the election of this awful man, but I know there are so many reasons (mostly out of my control) that he will be our next president. Complacency won’t get the best of me once again.
I wish I had more words of encouragement, but I believe that the anger spurned within us now is just the motivation we need to hold politicians accountable in the next election. Believe it or not, I have no problem with having a Republican president. However, I do not believe one political party should have control over both the Congress and the Presidency. We need to stop vilifying each other and begin working together. A government that works together, on both sides of the aisle, without polarizing each other, will truly make America great again.