The United States Of America is so divided right now.
Never before in my lifetime have I seen so many people who have been so pushy about their views on who would make the best president, as well as their negative perception of those voting for the opposite candidate.
My friends are losing dozens of Facebook friends by posting their educated opinions on their page. My family members are feuding. My colleagues are seriously depressed--though my office did brighten up a little with this pleasant surprise.
There are protesters throughout my city. People everywhere are still cranky from getting less than the coveted eight hours of sleep on election night. They have no tolerance for others expressing sadness about the results of this unprecedented election. They are telling others to move on and get over it.
But people aren't getting over it. They are screaming at police. Burning flags. Creating chaos....
As if that was the answer....
With all of the frustration, ignorance, hatred, and divide that came to a head this week, it seems that a lot of people around me could use a bit of love right about now. Yesterday was a sad day for many here in NYC--bare with me for a minute if you are still celebrating.
Today, New Yorkers, Americans, and citizens around the world are reluctantly coming to terms with the idea that this crude, highly unqualified, racist, sexist, unethical, orange-spray-tanned man known as Donald Trump is going to be the president of The United States of America. Though many of them also thought that Hillary Clinton was anything from a flawed human being to completely corrupt criminal, they didn't actually think he would win. Yeah, I'm with them.
Although the point of my message is not to rant on about my shock, disappointment, or fears about how backward this country may be going, I can't help express this sentiment.
Like. Donald. Really?!!!
To be clear, I am not just annoyed that we were thisclose to having a female president.
Though I would love to see a lady running the White House-as I've made clear in a recent Facebook status-I wouldn't vote for a woman just because she is a woman.
However, I can't help but notice that this is, in part-on the most basic level-just another story of a highly qualified woman losing a job to a highly unqualified male.
Mostly, I am concerned about the future of our nation. I *hope* I am proven wrong!
I admit that I didn't really want to accept this whole Donald thing that seems like one bad reality show after another. Just like I didn't want to accept the fact that I had to get over my ex. But you know what? I did. I even wrote a book about it and made some cash! And then I got over another ex.....
That's life. Sometimes, we must surrender to what we can't control. We can mourn and grieve--and very well should. But then, there comes to a point in which we have to put on our big girl/boy panties and move the hell on on.
Yup. That's exactly what this nation must do: Heal our hearts. Come together. And move forward. United and stronger than ever before.