It’s ok to be angry. It’s okay to feel numb. It’s ok to be devastated and scared.
I’m pissed. I’ve used words Urban Dictionary isn’t even remotely familiar with to describe Trump, his supporters and this election. But what I was essentially doing was using ignorance and hate to combat what I felt was ignorance and hate.
We can allow ourselves to be upset and angry. Shout, curse or just stay silent because words seem to fail right now.
But then we must move on.
Because we have a job to do. A responsibility for our generation and country, like many of us have never seen before in our lifetime, to finally (or continue) be the change we want to see.
It’s easy to get apathetic. It’s easy to just feel emotions, share something on Facebook and say you believe in it. It’s easy to say you’re angry when you’re behind a computer or surrounded by like-minded people.
But now we have a wake-up call. A four-year long wake up call to really start doing. To really start taking action.
It is now our responsibility and duty as Americans, more than ever, to take action when there is injustice.
To show love when there is hate.
To show compassion when there is ignorance.
To show patience when there is anger.
To show peace when there is fear.
To show acceptance when there is judgement.
To show wisdom when there is panic.
And not just show, embody.
We have every right to be upset and angry…for a time. We’re human and this is some pretty serious shit.
But then we must move on. Let’s not meet hate and anger with more hate and anger. What good will that do?
We don’t have to become Mother Theresa tomorrow. We’re allowed to still feel our emotions and reactions, and honor them. But then it is our responsibility to bridge gaps, show love and take action for what we believe in.
It’s time to step up our game, get off the computer and get out into the real world with what we believe and so easily preach in memes and Facebook statuses. There’s nothing wrong with doing that, but let’s take it a step further, because we don’t have a choice any more.
8 years ago, and then 4 years ago, I voted for a President who I have the utmost respect and appreciation for. It is our responsibility to carry on his legacy, and what he and the First Lady have shown us to be true respect, grace, love and compassion, even when it is not shown to them.
Ignorance feeds off of ignorance, which then fuels fear, which then breeds hate.
Now is at time to come together even more. Not divide, hate and point fingers. It feels good to be angry, I get it. But let’s move that anger and energy into something we can use for good, for action and for change. Let’s not once again get angry and then have it turn into apathy.
Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose faith in humanity.
Step outside today with your chin up. You and I have a responsibility like we probably haven’t felt before. And it is by carrying out that responsibility and continuing the legacy of the last 8 years, my dear friends, that will make America great again.
Time to give the world even more light, love and beauty to outshine darkness.