There’s a looming darkness following the recent election. It’s like we’ve waken up from a nightmare, to find that it’s actually this nation’s new reality. Everywhere you go, a negative energy can be sensed as overwhelmed American people question what lies in the future of our country. Yet, through all of the bullshit and negative energy, I’m somewhat hopeful. This election has separated us in many ways, but I also believe it can unite us more than ever. We can fight together to bring peace to our country, and ensure that our voices are heard through every corner of our country.
I hate politics, in every sense of the word. There’s a ton of nonsense that goes on, and most of the time people are simply misinformed. We reached a point where we didn’t know whose bullshit to fall trap to. Whether we were talking about Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails or Donald Trump’s countless fuck ups when talking about minorities, Muslims, women, etc. —people were trying to choose “the lesser of two evils” like many people have put it. Maybe, as a country, this is what we needed. Maybe we need to suffer in order to finally pay attention to all the nonsense that surrounds us. Maybe now people will become more educated and find ways to make a difference, not only across the political board, but also by making changes within our own communities. It sounds a bit optimistic, but who hasn’t come out stronger after reaching rock bottom? I know we can achieve it, but it’s going to require all of us to make a change.
Yes, Donald Trump won, so what? There isn’t a damn thing we can do to change this event. What we can do is unite despite the color of your skin, and stop spreading hate. Hate is what caused this separation between skin colors, and the more we feed into it, the more we give it the power to grow. It’s like we’re feeding a monster each time we talk about who hates who. What I hope to do is bring us together to talk about these social issues, and find out how we can bring solutions to our nation’s problems. What can WE do to make a difference and move forward from what has happened?
1. Educate Yourself
Once you have graduated from high school, college, technical school, etc., don’t stop educating yourself. Go out and read. Become aware of the social issues. Don’t just talk out of your ass every time someone starts talking about politics. Try to understand why people make the decisions that they make. Don’t just criticize others because you don’t understand their point of view. Use the internet for the reason it was created; to easily spread useful information that people can LEARN from. Stop wasting time on Facebook trying to figure why boy “X” broke up with girl “Y” or what dumb shit celebrities are doing. Use this gift wisely.
2. Ask Why?
Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean you should neglect the point of the topic. Sit down, and try to understand. If you come in contact with Trump supporters, don’t spread more hate. Instead try to understand their reasons for supporting him. People have a reason for every decision they make. Rather than yelling over one another trying to make a point, have a conversation with the individual to hear them out. We have to learn to feel each other out instead of ignoring the fact that we’re all living breathing human beings.
3. Take Ownership
I said it before the election, and I’m saying it again, “I don’t give a flying fuck who is president, I’m still going to take care of mine”. Just because Donald Trump is president doesn’t mean you should shut down for the next 4 years. These are the moments when you need to work the hardest to accomplish your dreams and desires. Don’t leave your fate in the hands of other people. You’re control what happens next.
4. Spread Love and Kindness
At this point, we all need it. We need love now more than ever. Do whatever you can to send some love back into the world. Spread kindness everywhere you go. Affection goes a long way in even the smallest amount. Smile at people, say ‘hi’, or go out of your way to make someone’s day. Those small acts of kindness will begin to make a huge impact, and it’ll create a snowball effect everywhere you go.
Now that the election is over, the work is not done. These are the moments that matter the most. What you do right now will determine how your life will change in the next coming months. Be safe, make the right decisions, educate yourself, and most importantly spread LOVE. You control your own destiny. Even though I hate politics and always negate conversations about politics, I have to use this platform to try and make some kind of change. I challenge you to make a difference today. Let your voice be heard! If we stick together as one, nothing can break us.