It’s going to be ok.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, try some kindergarten calming soup breathing… Smell the soup, blow on the soup, smell the soup, blow on the soup, in-out, in-out. Now, let’s get on with it.
If you were with Her, you are surely frustrated, to say the least. She appeared to be a shoo-in; she even earned the majority of the popular vote; but he earned the majority of the electoral college vote, so now our great nation moves on in an unexpected direction which surprised the majority of the country. After we get over the surprise, for good or bad, it’s time to pull up our big girl and boy pants and march forward. It’s like the preschool saying goes, “You get what you get and you don’t get upset.” This is our situation and no matter who you supported, you will have Donald Trump as your president beginning at noon on January 20, so buck up and put one foot in front of the other and do your part to better our nation.
Overthinking the shoulda, coulda, wouldas helps no one. Dwelling on the disappointment, if that is your point of view, does no good. It’s time to move on and focus on the good that might come of this drastic change in our government.
First, keep in mind that while Donald Trump said a lot of nasty, bigoted, confusing, and contradictory things over the past 18 months, if one looks back to where he stood before he was running for office and trying to make waves, it is clear that his real views are quite moderate. Many of our past presidents, both Republican and Democrat, were bigots, anti-Semites, sexist, philanderers. So, now we have another one at the helm, but I hope these terrible traits will not play into his leadership.
Donald Trump might help Veterans; be more reluctant to send troops to solve problems that might be better suited to diplomatic tactics; further the U.S. toward a kinder, gentler environment for the LGBTQA community; create a better health care system, and redirect the negative path we’ve veered toward in recent years. Let’s face it. If Hilary Clinton had been elected, the country would have remained divided and partisan lines would likely have grown stronger than ever. While Donald Trump is a massive unknown entity in American politics, and many people fear what loose cannon actions he might take, perhaps he will take us in an unexpectedly positive direction. Perhaps, after what is sure to be a chaotic transition, with unpredictable highs and lows, he will help to unite the country.
I choose to hope for the best. My family depends on having a good leader as much as any other family in our country. Donald Trump will soon be Commander-in-Chief and, therefore, Horatio’s boss. I have no choice but to be optimistic and look ahead to living in and working for an America that is better than ever. Let’s unite as a people and work together to make it so. It’s time to put the arduous, nasty, long election behind us and move on to make our future what we want it to be… with a strong America, leading the world in every way.