To say I am disappointed would be a gross understatement. I'd like to tell you that everything is going to be alright. But I can’t. This election result will do real and actual damage to many groups of people. We’ve been through the list and this is not the post to run down it again. I’m not going to rail against our country as others are doing. I love my country. It’s why I fought so hard this past year for Bernie and then Hillary. I’m not going to rail against Trump voters as if they are all one large block of “deplorables”. Because that is not true nor is it helpful. And I am not going to rail against fellow liberals who choose to react to this outcome in ways different than I am. Again, just not helpful.
What I do wish to do is tell you the things I WILL do.
First and foremost, I WILL love my family and friends harder and deeper than ever. I would fight to the death for the people I love. I know my kids will need me to help navigate these next few years and I’ll be there every step of the way.
I WILL not give up the fight against injustice whether it be racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry in all its forms. You will still see me here speaking out when something wrong is happening. It’s not in my nature to give up or crawl in a hole. This will be more important to us more than ever.
I WILL be cutting down the number of redundant news sources I read on Facebook. To be continually barraged with the same news over and over is not good. I’ve learned that the past year and after reflection, a change is due. It affects my mood and demeanor and I just don’t need that in my life.
I WILL cut toxic people from my life. I will especially be cutting out people who I only, and barely, know from Facebook that add no value to my life whatsoever. This is another thing I do not need in my life.
I WILL stay informed, but in lieu of being overly absorbed by what is going on in the world, I will use more of my time on things that will be good for me and my well-being. Ultimately this will be good for my family’s well-being too. I’m gonna lose these 10-15 pounds and get in shape. I’m going to enjoy and spend more time with my hobbies. I’m going to spend more time doing fun things outside of my home with my wife and children.
For many of us, it feels like the world has ended. But take heart friends. Do good. Be kind. Grieve but do not give up. Use this as a reset and come out fighting. I love you all and I mean that. People are everything to me.√