As I sit here today, the day after the presidential election here in the USA, I am at a loss for words.
I am sad. angry. bewildered (my friend’s word). disappointed. scared. perplexed (my word). unsure.
The thing of it is, I felt this. I just had this nagging feeling that I was going to be sitting here on November 9 with a president-elect Trump and not a president-elect Hillary. I wanted a president Hillary.
But somehow, my gut was telling me it just wasn’t going to happen.
A couple of weeks ago I said to the universe, “if we (meaning Americans) need to learn a lesson, then I guess Donald Trump as president is our lesson to learn.” And I meant it.
We’ve been so divided. So uncivil. So mean and hateful. So not inclusive. So “us versus them.” So decidedly “un-American” (in my opinion). I just thought, maybe this is our payback for being such shitheads — and I mostly mean being shitheads to each other. We get Trump as our president. That’s our payback. Our punishment (my opinion that I know some of you will disagree with). And now we have to live with it. And we have to see how it pans out.
Now maybe there will actually be some working together. I’m not holding my breath although I do see some issues that might bring folks together, like working on our infrastructure.
Or maybe we’ll become more divided and have to go down some really dark path first. I think this is the more pessimistic option, but also the more likely one.
However I think we need to go down that dark path in order to see the light. Maybe we need to take that step back before we can take those 2 steps forward. Sad, but perhaps true.
I really don’t know what the future holds for this country — a country that I truly love. I don’t want to see us become isolationists. I don’t want us to be afraid of people who are different. We are a nation of immigrants. The Irish were once seen as undesirables. As were the Italians. The Poles. The Jews. The Japanese.
I think the coolest thing about America is that we are all so different. That we are a melting pot. And that the core values of freedom and democracy are what bind us together. It’s what makes us strong. But what makes us so interesting is that we have different customs and traditions. Different foods. We have different ways of practicing our faith. Different skin color.
We have always been a rainbow nation. But I fear our colorful rainbow might fade and lose its brilliance.
As I listened to Hillary’s speech today, I heard her talk about continuing to stand up for what we believe in. And I couldn’t agree more. We have to continue to be inclusive. To be accepting. To be kind. We need to embrace our differences. My mom always said, “the world would be a boring place if we were all the same.” She’s right. So don’t put someone down because they are different. Accept them. Embrace them. Learn from them.
Be sure that this is what we continue to teach our children. Because the last thing we want is for our children to think that it is okay to make fun of someone with a disability. That it’s okay to talk about grabbing women inappropriately. Or that it’s okay to not like someone because their skin color is different or they pray differently or they love someone of the same sex.
And above all let love win. Love trumps hate. Every time.