I intended to write an entry yesterday – but as the afternoon and evening progressed it felt so shattering and so life changing that I didn’t know how to put words to what was happening. For better or worse it was an historic night and I couldn’t stop watching.
So what now? I am an inherently positive person but for the first time in my life – I was up all night – depressed and unsure how to face this new world where I have to say that Donald Trump is my country’s president.
All I could think of to do – was be as positive as I can be and to give back. Volunteer more, help young women so that some day they can lead our country to get over this sexism we seem to posses. Help preserve the natural areas here in Oregon – whether through donations, time, photography, whatever helps to save these precious lands for the public and not in the hands of corporations. Greet each day with a smile and with gratitude. Not stop fighting for equality and fairness for all our citizens.
I can’t give up on this country, on my country (for better or worse). On my way home to watch the election returns last night I was watching the afternoon light. I saw the sun hitting the side of the above building in downtown Portland and just as I took the picture I saw those words “United States of America”. In the words of the historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin – “history will give us solace”. I hope so.