My Thoughts on the 2016 Presidential Election. In Summary… I’m Heartbroken AND I’m Taking Action
On September 11, 2001 I called my dad, an ex-military paratrooper, and the first thing I said was, “Daddy… all I can do is sit and watch the TV and cry.”
I will never forget my dad’s response.
He simply said, “Me too.”
Today, the day after an election that has forever changed America, I called my dad again.
When he answered, I simply said, “What is happening?”
My dad responded, “I’m just crying.”
This strong, fearless man is having the same response to the result of this election as he had to a terrorist attack on our country.
And so am I.
I’m completely heartbroken and devastated that we have elected a man to run this country that has shown no value for human rights – including the rights of women.
As a white woman, I have to say that I have never truly felt like a minority – until now.
I now have a better understanding of what our friends who are black, LGBTQ, or immigrants experience on a daily basis.
And while I’m grateful for the perspective and opportunity that this brings (because I truly believe it does), it’s not ok.
I feel defeated.
My body and my heart physically ache.
The word I would use to describe the experience of the past year with this election is “abusive”.
I realize that “abuse” is a strong word.
I’ve felt many types of abuse throughout my life.
This feels the same.
I’m reminded in this moment of what we, as Americans, do when we don’t agree with something.
We fight for what we believe in.
And I believe in women.
I believe in all human beings having equal rights.
So I’m choosing to fight – but not with guns, hate, or anger.
I’m choosing to fight with love and hope. With compassion, respect, and an open mind. With conversations where people can be heard and understandings can be reached.
I’m choosing to show up and speak out.
I’m choosing to use the pain I feel as fuel for change.
I’m choosing to create a different world for women to live in. For my daughter to live in.
I’m choosing to be fierce and nasty and bold and share my truth like our future depends on it.
Because it does.