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.