I want to preface this by saying this was hard. I didn’t just bounce through this unscathed and I’m still not totally okay. I’m really not.
I’m not finished either.
If you want to see my other post, my initial reactions and my grief, check out To Mourn The Death of Self. It’s darker so be prepared.
Now however is the time for next steps. I’m sure there’s something in your life you can relate this to. Like falling down hard, like blood and scarring hard. Breaking up with the love of your life because they let you down. We’re heartbroken. We’re crushed. We’re beaten. We’ve definitely lost.
So what next?
Well we can roll over and die off just like they want us to or we can continue to be a great big thorn in their sides and fight back.
It will certainly stay bad and get worse if we do nothing. That’s a guarantee. It will be horrible, bad things will probably happen a lot, but they’ll happen a lot more if we stay silent.
We’ve all shown that we don’t want to be silenced anymore. We want, no demand for own voices to be heard. So speak up. Speak out. Be loud.
Don’t hide like they want you to. Don’t be quite because your voice upsets them. Don’t be swept under the rug.
We can get through this. It’s going suck, so bad, but we can and will make it through.
And at the very least, let’s not make this easy for them. Let’s put up a fight, a really good fight. Protest, sign petitions, speak up in social and public situations when something is wrong.
Remember, most of us didn’t want this. We were the majority. Electoral college is broken, so let’s fix it. When we speak together as one we can change things. No, not easily and maybe not entirely but little things will get better.
And little by little, it will grow larger.
We can prepare the next generation and indeed we have. Look at the way millennials voted. Change can happen, it can.
Birth is hard, painful. And make no mistake, we are birthing a new world. I hate that there have to be intermediary steps. I think maybe what I’ve heard about Bernie, and him likely winning this, and it does sadden me. I love Bernie, in fact I caucused for him, but I feel like the reason he would have won is partly yes because he spoke a bit more for middle class families but also because he is male.
Why is voting for a woman so hard? Why?
We have to change that. So speak up for women. Act for women. Be brave for women. Be powerful for women.
And don’t forget the others who need you. Speak up for people of color. For LGBTQIA+ persons. For immigrants. For non-able bodied persons. For those with mental health issues. For anyone who is being oppressed.
SPEAK UP AND OUT.
And at the last, some quotes to get you through.
Never Give Up. Never Surrender. Don’t Give Up. Ride Out With Me. Light Can Be Found Even In The Darkest Of Times, One Just Has To Remember To Turn On The Light.