Last month, I did not write. I wanted to, and I tried, but I did not feel as though anything I wrote was really worth sharing. Every draft seemed so contrived, and simply had very little sentence variation. I believe it was because my thoughts were scattered, and nothing I was writing could articulate what I felt. After the nation was so shaken by the election, it seemed very difficult to put into words how to find inspiration, when I was struggling to find some myself. So, a month late, here is some hopefully inspirational writing from me:
I participated with the Clinton campaign, and as a young woman blossoming into a young activist, Donald Trump winning the election turned my world upside-down. I think this is true for many, many young people today. The stream of half-joking remarks about moving out of the United States should Donald Trump be elected turned into a flood on November 9th. Citizens, furious with the turnout, and fearful of the future of the United States government, have jumped ship- not by moving to Canada, but rather, by giving up on their country’s spirit. It is hard to make progress when you have no hope, when you are disappointed and hurting, but now, with 2017 just around the corner, it is time to stop mourning.
The only way to fight back against the misogyny so overtly rampant in the nation, soon at its highest levels, is with more feminism. The only way to stop discrimination against ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ community is by actively spreading the word of empathy to your area and your peers. The only way to achieve social and political justice is with more social and political activism- get involved with movements and candidates you are passionate about, don’t just hope that the government will acknowledge them eventually. Stay on the ship, and it will sail smoothly.
I want to close this post with a quote from Hillary Clinton, a woman who has embodied bravery and resilience her entire career: Let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.