Well, here we are. It has been a week since the election. It’s been a week since many of us feel that life as we know it has changed. I think at this point the shock is starting to wear off. I think the anger is starting to give way to thoughtfulness and ideas on how to make changes in our country. But we still have a long road.
I won’t lie. When I found out that he had won the next morning, I cried. I cried for myself and other women who may have their reproductive rights put in jeopardy.
I cried for my girls because I am afraid that men who look up to him will now feel they have a free pass to touch any female they want.
I cried for those he feels should be forced out of the country that for many is the only home they have ever known. And for those he feels should be banned from ever setting foot here.
I cried for those who are atheist/agnostic who may now have religion forced on them in places where they should feel safe.
I cried for those who have been victims of or have lost loved ones to gun violence because there is no way that the people in the pockets of the NRA will bring forth any change to gun laws.
I cried for the LGBT community who fear that their rights may be taken away.
I cried for our country because it feels like we have been set back at least 50 years, if not more.
But I’m not crying anymore. I’m angry at the choices he has made already and the backlash the election has caused. Now it’s time to take action. And it can even be something little…paying it forward in a drive-thru. Or letting someone who may be targeted know you are on their side. Or making a donation to Planned Parenthood. Or reminding your girls that they can shatter the glass ceiling and that no male ever has a right to lay a hand on them if they do not want them to. And in the longer run, VOTE. Vote in every election. Change who our politicians are. If you’re so inclined, run for office. Every little bit HELPS.
Although the origin of this quote is disputed, I feel it’s extremely appropriate. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” And there is no time like now.