*DISCLAIMER:: If you don't want to read my reaction to the 2016 election, please stop reading now. This blog is meant to be a diary of my life and the life of my family. As such, I debated even addressing the election and it's aftermath, but I want to be able to remember what I was feeling and thinking in the days that followed, therefore I felt it was warranted to chronicle it. If you feel the need to argue politics with me, please know that I don't argue politics with anyone as I feel it is a largely personal decision making process. This is my blog and my experiences. *
The last few days have been a range of emotions across the board. I have been fighting this head cold crud still which has not made me feel good. The election happened. I have been faced with hatred and ugliness across the board from both sides of the election everywhere I turn on social media-- be it in person, on facebook or blogs that I read. And it really wears a person down when it is all shoved in your face and all you really want to do then is to hide in your own little bubble and protect your children and your family from the ugliness.
But that is not life.
I have a taken a few days to process everything. While I did not vote for Trump, I accept that he is the president-elect. I will honor his position as leader of our country. I don't have to like everything he is or his plans, but I feel that as our president I do have to respect the office that he is in. And that is what I am teaching my children. We may not have to like the person or his policies, but we will respect the process of the election and it's outcome.
That is how I feel. I did not like the outcome of the election, however, it is what it is. My reality is that no matter who is in the White House, I have to continue to wake up each day, work hard to make my family better and to raise my children teaching them right from wrong.
I have to work to be the good that I want my children to see and for them to learn. I have a sign hanging up in our living room that says "Believe there is good in the world" and highlighted is "Be the good." That is what I have been trying to do and what I will continue to do. I will continue to live my life helping those whom I can help and moving forward.
No one knows what the future holds. But one thing that I can control is my reaction to the situations at hand. And my reaction will be to continue to live each day trying to teach my children right from wrong, to show and foster love over hate, and to try to be the good in my little area of the world in hopes that those I touch or come in contact with will be inspired to do the same.