I did not vote.
Yea, I know.
It’s not like I’m proud of it. I feel shame, and guilt, and I know that plenty of people are disappointed in me. (I can FEEL their disappointment even still, right now…as they’re reading this). I could list the multiple reasons (aka excuses) for not casting my vote. But there’s no point in apologizing, or regretting something I did not do.
Just like there is no point in wallowing in our sadness/anger/confusion that Donald Trump has been named the President of the United States of America.
So, moving on.
But how do I move on?
I would like to say, for myself, that I am finding an incredible, truly positive outlook to this seemingly terrifying outcome. For the first time in my life, I not only feel like I can do something for my country, but that I absolutely have to do something for my country.
I’ve always been turned off by politics. Another way of saying, I’ve been ignorant to it. And part of me always felt like, ‘They’ have it under control. They, meaning, … I guess the people in charge. I always felt like there were always, at least, SOME people, doing the right thing for our country. And I needn’t interfere or worry or take part in any of it. That was all above me and out of my control and I’d rather just stay in my bubble.
Again, yea, I know. That sounds dumb.
My point is, never before have I paid so close attention to the news and the speeches and the articles to see what exactly is going to happen next in our country. And more importantly, what can I do?
I can get involved. With LGBT, Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, anything to do with kids in school, the list goes on.
Volunteering is not hard. It’s just not convenient. And in this moment I am itching to do SOMETHING to keep our country moving forward and not backward. I have never been more inspired to help and volunteer, not just because volunteering feels good, but because I want so badly to contribute in any kind of way.
Finally and mostly, the way we can all help, is love. Be kinder to the people we meet on the street, because we are all in this together. And as long as we can focus on that, there will be a bright tomorrow.
My absolute favorite reaction to Trump’s win thus far, comes from my girl Leslie Knope: