To say that the last two weeks of been numbing and terrifying would be an understatement. I know as we move into the future and see how America’s decisions impacted the world, I will always remember where I was when I heard Hillary would not win the presidency. The small table I sat at when normalcy stopped, reasonable choices ceased, and offering the same opportunity to everyone regardless of race, sexual preference, gender, or physical and mental abilities wasn’t just second nature.
It was Tim’s birthday, we had just been served handmade pasta, had just clinked our wine glasses in celebration of not just his birthday but to a year that would be filled with new opportunities… “What is your bucket list for this next year?” His phone started vibrating, not once but multiple times from NPR notifications and text messages. The entire restaurant seemed to be in a trance. Everyone looking at their phones, panicking, and the wait staff trying their hardest to remain calm and polite.
I will remember no longer caring about an injury that had literally stopped me in my tracks because the safety that running brings me no longer seemed applicable. I will remember trying to process my grief but being too angry and heartbroken to hide my emotions. I will remember mourning now unrepairable relationships with family members that chose to vote for indecency and hate.
In the past two weeks, it seems the state of panic has heightened. We continue to see hate crimes pour in, and future leadership not speaking out against it. Two weeks of asking the question, “What can I do to help and set myself apart from elitist America?”
We have since made donations to organizations that will be negatively impacted by this presidency, signed up to volunteer at food banks, started the groundwork in organizing a foundation, & supported the freedom of the press and journalism through signing up for a New York Times subscription.
Although this is a hurtful, draining and an overwhelming time, we will not grow weary in well doing. We will stand up, ask questions, and make our voices loud. Trump will try to dictate who the American people are, but I choose to be good, I choose to value everyone, I choose to see past propaganda, and press on to ask questions.
I know it is no longer up to the government to provide a better world and encourage peace and prosperity. It is up to us to show kindness, bravery, and to fund research that benefits our planet and all who inhabit it.
I will not give up, I choose to stand up and fight. Who is with me?