It has been over a month since the election, and I have purposefully not given my opinion via Green Mountain Living for many reasons.
It was a shock to me, and so many others.
Sitting in the common room of Governors North 2nd floor with a few good friends, eagerly watching my laptop.
The election coverage was just starting, and I immediately felt my gut tell me that something wrong was going to happen.
In the middle of the election, I called my mom. She is the most knowledgeable person I know. She continuously told me "No, its too early. Don't worry about it. No one will elect this evil man".
Things went down hill quickly. Michigan. Texas. Florida.
I knew right then, at 11:40 at night, that Donald Trump was to be the next president of the United States.
Note: I did not say "our" or "my" president for a very good reason.
The next day, I didn't leave my room until dinner. I was reading hate comments on Facebook and Twitter. I was listening to people cry, mourn, and grieve over this incredibly mistake that had been made.
My friends were crying for their loved ones feeling unsafe.
I was angry. I wanted revenge for what happened, but I chose to wait a month until I posted something on this blog, mainly so I wouldn't have too much negative energy in a place so serene to me.
It has taken me weeks to calm down over this catastrophe. To be completely honest, I don't think I will be "over it" until he is ou of office.
My mother, even a month after the election, still has a hard time turning on the news. She can't listen to him. He is just too uneducated.
Today, for me, well, I am close to speachless. I have a very tough time explaining how much I believe Trump is unfit for this incredibly important position.
How could someone conciously vote for a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, a rapist, a jest, a failed businessman, an all around awful man.
It just doesnt make sense to me. I thought our country was smarter than the choice that has been made.
I am not proud to live in a country that promotes hate, and everything else that Donald Trump stands for.
He is not my president, and never will be.
Yet, I have so much I am questioning.
What will happen to healthcare?
The Affordable Care Act was one of the biggest steps forward that Obama put into place. If this gets taken away, people with minimal conditions all the way to life threatening conditions will lose coverage. That is so dangerous, as we the people have been fighting for more affordable healthcare for years. If The Affordable Care Act is repealed, the individual insurance marketplace to disappear, and it will impact 18 million people. Premiums would most likely go up, and everyone would be at risk.
What will happen to LGBTQ rights? Will I be able to marry the person I love someday? Or will I be outcasted for something so natural.
I have so much love for planet earth. The sound of the birds in the morning; the smell of freshly cut grass. Dirt underneath my palms. I love our green earth. If we don't continue to research into climate change, we'll be set back decades. I am horrified that earth will reach its demise sooner than it should. We weren't here first. We must treat this world with so much respect and kindess. I know for sure, that this important topic will be swept under the carpet. Pure neglect.
Women have fought so long, and so hard for the right to womens healthcare. Especially the right to have abortions. Reporductive rights are rights.
So many things could possibly go wrong due to the outcome of this election. I am honestly still in shock, and I am still taking it day by day. I have seen more hate, bigotry, and lack of love in the past month than I have in my lifetime.
It is a scary time we are living in, well, for us educated and loving liberals.
I am afraid for my future, my future childrens future, and the lives of so many people who will be effected by this.
What have I been doing to cope with the result of the election?
1. STAY POSITIVE.
Yes, I sound like a hypocrite right now, but in all honesty, thinking positively has gotten me pretty far in life. For example, I am constantly telling myself that we the people, we the liberals, will make him a one term president. We have the power to change what has happened, and continue to change the world in a postive and important way.
2. Reach Out!
During the election, I was having a tough time, especially when I was thinking about everything that could go wrong. So, I reached out to my therapist, and friends, and have found as close to solace as I could.
3. CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.
“The point of this lesson is: People are unpredictable, and democracy is insane.”
And always remember, "Have the courage to be exactly who you are without apology".
Hell, this election will not change me. I will stand for what I believe in. I will fight for mother earth. I will fight for womens reproductive rights. I will fight for affordable healthcare. I will fight for the LGBTQ community I am a part of so deeply. I will fight for human rights. I will fight for myself, my loved ones, strangers, and the people negatively effected by this.
I will fight for humanity.
"Our shoes are tattered and torn, but our feet are dry. As for our places in history, we will run naked through your streets before we sit decorated in your halls."