This week has been a tough one. We are all working on trying to take in what has happened with and after the US 2016 Presidential Election. My heart is heavy and my body aches. There are a lot of points and topics I want to talk about that surround the recent events but I want to make sure I keep focused on what truly matters here—the points that are at the core of it all. First and foremost, know that I believe that everyone deserves equal opportunities and happiness. So all of you struggling with the feeling of uncertainty and fear as we transition, please know that you are loved and welcomed here. Know that many people are fighting with and for you. It should not matter where you come from, how you identify, who you love, or what you believe in. What matters is that you have a unique beautiful soul that deserves so much love and to live in peace. I stand to be here for you today, tomorrow, and always.
I'm still processing. I'm going to be processing for awhile. It's in my nature to reflect and then reflect some more. There's a lot out there telling us how we should feel, how we should react, and what we should do. Even that we need to move on from grieving and start acting. I want you to know that it's okay to feel however you are feeling. It's okay to take whatever time you need to in order to get through this. But please do not let it silence or break you forever. Do what you need to do to make yourself understand this, understand the rest of America (minus anything that hurts others), and be able to move on with strength. Keep your own peace or use your voice loud, come together with your community or take your space, go for a run or relax. It does not matter. We all are all different and we each have our own process we go through to navigate tough times.
At the end of the day, we must move towards coming together and understanding each other. One of the reasons we are so upset is the divisions we see in front of us and ahead. Let's not widen or increase those. All of us come from different backgrounds and have our own stories but that doesn't take away from the fact that we are all human beings trying to do the best that we can do. Someone else's best might not look so great to you but it is important to remember that we all have had different experiences throughout our lives. Those who confuse us may not have had the same opportunities to gain the awareness and empathy needed in this election. It is important that instead of getting angry, we teach. We use our voices and our actions to spread our message in ways that will deeply root it.
As we teach, we also must be sure we are educating ourselves. Find reputable unbiased news sources to stay up on current events. Question everything and use fact checkers—especially with things on social media. Go back and study historic events so you can have the best understanding of our path as a country and the world as a whole. What it has taken to get us here, the set backs we have already faced and pushed through. History can teach us so much. Let's use it. Work to find experts in the fields you are passionate about and follow them, listen to them, support them. Research causes that have made a difference, that have resources for you to dig in, and have a positive influence and impact.
When you are ready, please let this ignite you. If you feel that you can no longer rely on the government to stand behind you or the causes you strongly care about, take action yourself. I'll be looking for ways to support the people who have been targeted by this ugly election. The last thing I want is for anyone to feel alone. I'll be continuing my research on climate change, limiting my carbon footprint, volunteering, and working to protect our planet. I will stand behind women's rights and do whatever I can to keep control over my own body. If something or someone matters to you, you owe it or them your fight. And most importantly, you owe it to yourself to contribute to a society you can believe in. As you move forward with your passion, do not let anyone silence you or make you feel guilty for speaking up for what you believe in.
I hope in the coming days, weeks, months, and years, that we can come together as a whole and do what is best for our country. This may be tough to take in for awhile. Perhaps it always will. But please use your voice, use your actions, and give it all you got. We have the right to be who we want to be. I will continue to push positive vibes out to the world, send my love to those who need it, and hope that peace is what we are all ultimately striving for. Keep up the good fight. The fight that doesn't attack others. The fight that uses education as a strength, that shows empathy, support, and love. The fight that will prove that we can move forward, that our world can change without hate, and that love will win in the end.