After taking some time to digest and process the results of the 2016 Election, here are my thoughts.
Now is the time to speak up and not silence our voice.
I am only seventeen years old, so while I could not vote in this election, I did volunteer with Hilary's campaign and helped get the vote out. I was passionate about Hilary's campaign and the possible great change under her. But, that is in the past and it is important to respect the democratic process, even when we don't agree with the outcome. Now, it is about the future.
My heart is heavy as the future of nation is filled with uncertainty. It is difficult for me to put the past 24 hours of emotions into a coherent sentence. I feel vulnerable, scared, nervous, defeated... the list goes on. But, I also feel a pit in my stomach and fire in my soul that is ready to make a change and fight with love.
We can feel.
We can cry.
We can mourn.
We can scream and be angry.
We can hug and hold hands.
We can comfort.
We can love.
We must, must band together, face the dark unknown, and be ready to fight with love, courage, hope, justice, and respect.
The sun will rise each morning and set each night and the earth will keep spinning. And we will keep going. Successes and failures are ahead of us, but it is crucial that we face the frontier in unity.
One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. One day at a time. Love always trumps hate.
And, before I leave you, here is quote from HRC:
"Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward... In this world and the world of tomorrow, we must go forward together or not at all."
Here are handful of resources for those looking to make a change, feel lost, or would simply like to let it out. My inbox [firstname.lastname@example.org] and Tumblr inbox (for those who wish to remain anonymous) are always open. I stand with you all.
+ If you'd like to thank Hilary and her team for their commitment, perseverance, and love to our nation.
Hilary for America
P.O Box 5256
New York, NY
+ Donations & Volunteer:
+ Support Systems and Other Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Mental Health America: 1-800-969-6642
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
*photo from Carolina Mahedy's instagram*