Breathe. Just breathe. Get through that first.
Cry. It’s okay. I cried. I cried like a babychild. Not because my candidate lost, but because 1) I was scared of what will now happen to me as a minority woman, and 2) as a feminist, having a woman so close to the White House and not getting in was nothing short of devastating. I don’t know that I will ever be able to put into words the heartbreak I felt last night.
Understand that fear is what got us here. Fear led people to vote with wicked hatefulness and blind, misguided support. So to hell with fear. Do not be fearful. Be hopeful.
Get pissed off. Be mad. Just take that anger and redirect it into action.
Realize that Trump said a lot of nasty shit, truly disgusting, hateful shit, but maybe, just maybe, it was only to get himself elected. Now he may hopefully revert back to moderate Donald and be reasonable.
Feel comfort in the fact that no President ever gets to do all the stuff he says he will. And more comfort in knowing he is, more likely than not, a one-term President.
Then donate to one, some, or all to the following organizations:
– Planned Parenthood
– Amnesty International
– Human Rights Campaign
– Fisher House Foundation (aiding military and their families)
– The Conservation Fund
– Children’s Defense Fund
– Black Lives Matter
– Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Every one of the organizations I linked above benefits marginalized groups that may now be in desperate need of support. Your money and your time can make all the difference in the world. To my LGBT friends, to my pro-choice friends, to my minority friends: I will always have your back in whatever way you need me, whether it be legal assistance or otherwise. Whatever you need me to do, I will do it. No matter what happens, I will stand (or kneel) with you.
Volunteer at an animal shelter. Give food to a local pantry. Write a letter to your representative. Go to a local meeting. Take a bag of Kibble to an animal shelter. Just do something. Turn off Guy’s Grocery Games, get your ass off the couch, and do something. Be good in the world and for the world. Eat less meat, give more time, and be good.
Now, more than ever, we need to be more than social media warriors. If the hatefulness continues, we will fight it as we always have. We have battled and we have won, and we will continue to do it as many times as it takes.
Don’t like the country? Don’t like the world? Change it. Put your money (and your time) where your Facebook post is. Volunteer, raise hell, and fuck absolutely anyone that stands in the way.
Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
– Galations 6:9 (and Hillary Rodham Clinton)