You may be scared right now. Or feel gripped by anxiety. Or responding to all of this by becoming deeply cynical about this country or the political process or your fellow Americans. Or maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed with a sense of impending doom.
Just remember this: you are not alone. We’re in this together.
A lot of people share your fear and/or anxiety right now. Anxiety about the next four years is real. But it’s not something you have to go through alone.
Talk to friends. Talk to your family. Join a group. Find a constructive way of coping. (And if you feel like you can’t, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional. It’s OK. It’s become a very popular option since Election Day. You’re not alone and there are people to help you through this. Sometimes we all could use a little help, right?)
Let’s respond to this by becoming us again. Not just connected on the internet, but in real life. Strengthen your connection with your friend, family, and the groups & organizations that matter to you.
Let’s form new groups and build new things…and leave the haters wondering why the hell we’re still smiling.
To borrow a phrase from a wise woman I know, let’s all be peaceful warriors.
Let’s figure out ways to:
A – Accept reality
C – Create a vision for the future
T – Take action
…it’s up to you to decide what those pieces – reality, the future, and action – mean…just as long as we take small steps to initiate progress.
Remember, America isn’t all that different than we were two months ago. America didn’t die on Election Night…and it’s not going anywhere.
This country isn’t just the government and the government isn’t just the president.
Sure, we’re in for a rocky road (possibly the understatement of the year), but democracy is messy…and it’s about to face its greatest test that it has faced in a while. Don’t get me wrong: it’s gonna be a strange four years.
But let’s respond with hope, optimism, and connection.
Let’s find the good people, music, books, and films…
And be our own lights shining through the darkness. This isn’t the apocalypse. It’s a chance for a new beginning.
Let’s treat people with kindness and respect. And start to understand what they’re going through…eventually understanding the arguments of those we disagree with so well that we can articulate their arguments as if they were our own.
Let’s help each other. And stand up for those that can’t stand up for themselves.
But first, tell yourself you’re going to be OK. Then tell yourself we’re going to be OK. Why? Because we’re in this together.