Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud – The Sun Still Shines

I’m linking up with Penny’s Passion and Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday today. Today I’m thinking about the election last year versus this year. I promise to not get overly political or preachy.

One year ago today, the sun shone brightly. But, while it was bright, the day was anything but. Waking up I had hoped the night before was just a nightmare. But it wasn’t. The election results stood firm. I was numb. I remember just going through the motions of my day and trying to understand. Everything suddenly seemed so uncertain.

For me it wasn’t about my candidate losing. Yes I would have loved to have seen a woman become President and yes I believed in her and I was with her. But my heartache wasn’t just about that. It was about my true feeling that the country elected an incompetent, bigoted, predator, psychopath to office. That is one of the biggest reasons why I went to the Women’s March in January. That is why I have been trying to fight back wherever I can. I can also tell you right now, while I don’t know that I would like any of the other Republican candidates all that much, I could have accepted it if any of them had won. If Jeb Bush or Chris Christie or a Spoon was President right now, so be it. I am pretty sure the country wouldn’t be divided in the same way it has been this last year.

The year that has followed has been…well I am not sure there are words. I have had to limit how much I watch the news. I have found myself in disbelief of what I have seen more times than I can count. I have started to dislike social media – which is something I used to love. I have become a little hardened.

But now things are starting to turn around. This year’s election results are giving me hope for the first time in a long time. The tides are turning. The resistance is building. Change is on the horizon. We just might overcome this. We can’t back down. We must keep fighting.

Today, like one year ago, the sun is shining. And I think I’m feeling it’s brightness again, just a little. No matter what, the sun still shines.

Election Day 2017. He is my light in the dark and the reason I keep fighting and won’t give up. I believe he will grow up and change the world for the better.

11 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud – The Sun Still Shines”

  1. Such a great post! It was amazing the turn out this year for a smaller election. I was so happy to see all the wins for people and certain people that shouldn’t be in office were finally voted out. Change is on the horizon, that’s for sure!
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  2. I second everything you sad. Last year on this day, I was devastated. I actually took a mental health day and stayed home from work because I had been up all night, not wanting to believe what the news were telling me.
    How did that happen that this horrible, horrible man got elected president? When she had 3 million more votes? It just didn’t make sense.

    I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the last year. I function, but I haven’t gotten to it.
    I was especially surprised to learn (through FB no less) that some of the people I considered friends had very different views from my own and it left me heartbroken and confused. I still haven’t resolved how to handle these relationships.

    Thanks so much for posting this!
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  3. Even a country away, I can remember waking up that November morning feeling that the world had gone dark. And my relationship with the news changed. And my relationship with social media changed as well. I hope the tide is turning. I think we’re two years from our next federal election. Given our current prime minister seems more focused on sock choice, photobombing and panda snuggling (at least as he’s represented in the news), I’m afraid we’re going to skew into Trump territory ourselves. We certainly skewed much more Right Wing provincially and saw a massive destruction of our emergency health care system. It really feels like we’re catching the ripple effect of Trumponomics up here too.
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  4. I feel so far removed from politics right now. After last year’s depressing results, I have to say I took a “head in the sand” approach rather than trying to actively resist. I’m not proud of that but I think it’s what I had to do to survive this past year. I love what you said here though… I think there is hope.
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  5. I remember the day after the 2016 election. It was so dark and surreal. I just couldn’t believe what our country had done. I went to the Women’s March too and it was awesome to see so many different types of people just as pissed off as I was. This past Tuesday’s elections signaled HOPE! Now, if people REALLY care they need to get out and vote for democratic senators in 2018 so we can stop all the horrible things #45 wants to do.

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