Election 2016: Don’t Give Up. Stand Up. ✮

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So, we can all agree that we just went through the worst election process in the history of this country, and when America was put to the test, it failed.

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Now what?

The whole world is looking at us with sadness and disgust and anger, even when the responsible American citizens went out and voted for the much more qualified candidate. We are waking up to a new country  and all we can do is watch in shock at the circus in front of us. We are looking at our neighbors, our friends, our family members (who we used to respect) in a much different light. The choice between kindness and hatred was momentously disappointing. As a young woman who’s concerned with the wellbeing of human beings in general, I am let down by the amount of damage that has been done and cannot be taken back. This is the country we are forced to live in, and we have to come to terms with the fact that a very large amount of people care more about themselves than the lives of the less priveledged.

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We read so many books and watch so many movies where the heart of the story is defeating the villain, and sometimes we forget that the villains are very real and very dangerous in our own realities.

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If you are someone who voted for the losing candidate and you aren’t sure what to do now, I will give you some inspiration. This is what we do.

-We continue to be kind, and to show others kindness. It is evident that the lack of it was what pushed so many to vote the way they did.

-We educate ourselves on the legislatures and laws that are being passed at the state and federal level. This means understanding how it will effect our lives, and then getting out there and voting.

-We stand together as women and help out the other women in our lives. By supporting each other, we will be stronger and our voices will be heard. We will stop pitting women against each other because of jealousy and envy and instead will encourage women to be the absolute best that they can be.

-We will work hard to support minorities and those who were not listened to. We will hold each other’s hands and try to understand our differences. We will protect them as much as we can.

-Lastly, we will be good people. We will smile at others that we see on the train, we will hold the door when someone has their hands full, and we will be patient when the other people in this country are expressing their frustration. We will stand together, we will show up for each other, and we will prove to the world that there are people in this country that still have human compassion and are willing to put out their hand and pull each other back up.

This is a dark time in our country, and it will be in our history books. But we are still alive, we are still living it, and we will have to make it through this in unity.

Here are some quotes from some of our favorite stories that can help us relate to this situation.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters

And finally:

“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

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