Hello everyone, thank you for reading this post first of all, and because I just have way too much to say, I’ve split the post into two parts, part 1, and part 2, the one below. Part 1 is heartbreaking; reading it might make you cry, but Part 2 I hope inspires you in this hopeless time.
After conceding, Hillary gave a beautiful speech, one that I’ve printed out and put on my motivation wall. I’ve highlighted the best parts below:
Our campaign was never about one person or even one election, it was about the country we love and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted.
Listening to her speech on the way to school no doubt made me cry, but it was also the inspiration that we need. Now, more than ever, it is important to support, love, and care for one another.
Lately there have been many protests and to be honest, I don’t approve of this at all. I definitely think that one should always stand up for what they believe in, but I also believe that there is a time and place for everything.
Seeing all of the burning and the yelling and the violent protests in San Francisco and other places, I get angry. I understand the sentiment of wanting to do more, for wanting to burn things and rant and feel like you’re making a difference, but this is not okay. I don’t like to get involved with political matters on my blog but this is insane. Everyone at these rallies are being angry about being divided and being hateful, which is everything against what Hillary ran for. It’s different protesting for equality and rights, and occupying streets and taking a stand by volunteering and participating in peaceful rallies, but protesting to argue with the outcome of the election.
Doing this is not going to change the outcome. Unfortunately, Donald Trump has won, it’s awful, it’s heartbreaking that such an experienced and qualified woman didn’t win. It saddens me, it makes me feel defeated and disappointed, but you know what? It’s a lesson to be learned.
This entire situation is unreal, but the backlash and the way it escalated is so much worse.
I can’t say that I don’t understand what they’re feeling, I completely do, but this isn’t the right outlet for it. Hillary just gave a concession speech about fighting for what’s right and fight for what we value and what we believe in. Is this what we believe in? Setting fire outside of the Uber building and becoming violent is not okay. How can these people say that they supported someone who always said “Stronger together” when they are dividing it even further? Ultimately, I don’t believe that Hillary Clinton would want to win like this. She would want to win fairly, amicably, and with a clean fight.
My point was not to lecture or judge the people who are doing this, perhaps this is the only way that they know how to handle it, but ultimately we seriously are stronger together.
Let this be a lesson to take more action in the future, to make a difference.
Katie and I were remembering our high school field trip to the Holocaust museum, where at the end of the trip we all had to sign a white slip of paper and give a list of ways that we are going to fight against hate, sexism, racism, and inequality. How easy it is to state that we will make a difference, how we will fight and donate money. In reality, it’s much harder.
It starts with a single step, a single step to change and to make things better
Whenever someone asks me, “what’s your biggest accomplishment?” I don’t say a prize I won, or some competition that I competed in, I say it’s my passion, I feel like one of the most rewarding things that we can do is give back and help those that don’t have the same opportunities and resources as us. All of us get caught up with our own daily nuisances, so we should all try to spend some time and help or donate money for a cause. We all have the power to make a difference, it’s just that first step of getting involved. Then the world is in your hands 🙂
Thank you to everyone who read my two posts 🙂