Did we just elect a T. Rex????? Here's a little link to help explain what that is all about.
It is the "friends" who sat there not willing to discuss the election, talk about their candidate, that then went back and seemed to troll over things from days before and suddenly feel so bold to gloat and talk and criticize, say "get real and get on with your life, or put this behind you". Those are the ones I have a problem with.
Right now, I am grieving, as are so many other from what I am observing and hearing. Grieving is a process, and that is what I am doing. Yes... this was devastating, disappointing, and heart wrenching. If you don't understand that; then you don't get what empowered the passion of more than 50% of our Nation in this election. I am hard pressed to understand how anyone could get behind the President-Elect. Does that make me a bad person? No. Does it make anyone that voted for him a bad person? No. Does it mean those who voted for him agree with all of his ideas and ideals? ABSOLUTELY NOT! But how anyone could vote for a man who disparages so many minorities, and women. A man who has been accused of atrocities and talks boldly about sexually assaulting women and treating them as something less than equal. This is not about "not liking" someone. I hope and pray that those he puts in powerful places honor our country and what it stands for; although it is not looking so at the moment if all the predictions so far this 5th day after the election come true.
The other day I changed my Profile Pic on FB to a safety pin. The safety pin signifies that I am a safe person to talk to, or feel comfortable around. It comes from safety pins worn in the UK during Brexit. I've read some very heartfelt comments over on Pantsuit Nation on this of people who were being bullied, or just felt so out of place somewhere and seeing a safety pin on someones shirt smiled and acknowledged back to them with a Thank You. Then other's started posting other contrary reasons about the safety pin idea from the UK during Brexit. It's hard to know what to believe, and not believe, anymore. We are all hurting and sensitive.
I thought of signing off Facebook the other day. It was all just too depressing and overwhelming; especially with my surgery coming up next week and wanting to be as strong as possible, mentally, emotionally, and physically on that day. No. Instead, I will continue to be vocal when I feel strongly about something. I'll continue to believe in a world where someday women are respected by all men and not looked at, or treated, as objects or someone/something who is inferior, where we have the right to choose for ourselves and our bodies. I will continue to love my Country; one in which everyone needs to be welcome and respected -- all women, ethnicities, minorities, disabled, veterans, LGBTQ, EVERYONE; a Country where equal pay for equal work is the norm; where you and I can love and marry who we please; where are children are cared for and loved, nurtured, educated, and protected.
The take away....
I just want others to know that I want them to be safe, feel safe; and I don't care what color their skin is, what gender or sexual preference, what nationality or religious beliefs, whether they are a vet or disabled, and on and on. I just want us all to be able to live in a country where we are respected and treat each others as equal, where we can get along and laugh and enjoy each others company. Where our government does what it can to help those forgotten and in need without going overboard and needling in things it shouldn't. I guess this is a lot to ask for, and I'm struggling with how to move forward.