What now...

Yeah, yeah, I know I'm a day late with this one, I just needed some time to hear other opinions and talk it out before I rambled on about a very important and somewhat touchy topic right now. I think you already know what it is.
The election.

You see, one thing I pride myself in is my ability to see the bright side of all situations and my no-regret state of mind. Whenever something catastrophic happens, the first thing that comes to my mind is "is there anything I can do to change or fix it" and if no, then I don't dwell on it, I don't let it get me down. I am a firm believer in letting what is meant to happen happen. That is why this post isn't intended to bring down everyone's spirits and paint a picture of the "rocky road" that's ahead for America. While things may change and a lot is going to happen, painting a dreadful picture of the "tough times" ahead of us is like accepting defeat before the battle has even begun. Yes, this election has left many people grieving and distraught (for good reason, I should add), but it's also sparked a massive flame. This flame consists of passion, courage, and an even stronger determination to stand up for what we believe in as opposed to giving into the fear that we have let into our hearts. I've already seen it happening, people getting ready to make their voices heard and take a stand for the ideals  they value most. To me, this isn't depressing or terrifying, it's strong and hopeful. Heck, we might even come out of this stronger than ever should people like you and I chose to stay positive and stick together.
Let me tell you, abandoning and bashing on the country that raised you is only giving into fear and defeat. There is still so much to love about this land that we call home, after all, our ancestors that came here were able to see a lot of good in this place. Why? Because this country is good, we are all good. Please try to focus on that aspect of it. 
The final takeaway hear: succumbing to hatred and hopelessness is absolutely pointless and unproductive for a citizen of the USA. Rather than letting our flame be burnt out by the results of this election, let it inspire us to make change. Look to your neighbors as equals- your opinion is no better and no more correct than theirs- and together, spread the goodness and positivity that we can't afford to lose. 
All best,
A few afterthoughts:
One thing I've found myself saying to myself and others recently during tough times is "I'm good,"  "you're good," and even "we are good." I even find myself asking people "are you good?" a lot. In this case, I mean good as in "okay" like "I'm going to be okay" or "I am okay now." I just love using the word "good" because of it's double meaning. It says that things are or are going to be okay and it serves as an affirmation that who I am and what I am doing is good. That is why I truly mean it when I say "we are good."
Another few words I'd like to share is my all-time favorite quote that I find especially relevant today:
"The sun will rise and we will try again."
How hopeful is that? It really speaks to me because it gets the point across that it is okay to make mistakes and it is okay for things to not always go perfectly, because no matter what, the sun will always rise and we will be given another chance. Maybe one day I'll really go in depth about this quote and explain where it actually comes from (it has been around for a quite a while). For now, just trust me when I say that knowing this simple idea is very important.

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