All the Feels

November 9, 2016

All the Feels

It is not about him
Feelings of shame and embarrassment as millions of Americans have chosen to let fear drive their decisions at the polling place.

It is not about him
Feelings of disappointment that the glass ceiling, although cracked, will remain intact for at least 4 more years.

It is not about him
Feelings of anger that the most qualified person for the highest job in the land was beaten by the most unqualified, at best.

It is not about him
Feelings of hurt that so many well-meaning and not so well-meaning people still don’t understand why this is a big deal to so many of us.

It is not about him
Feelings of fear that the threats, insults, and other harmful rhetoric made during the sludge of this campaign, might just be legislated into action against our friends and neighbors.

It is not about him
Feelings of disbelief as the polling returns expose the silent, covert, and widespread racism and sexism in this country.

It is not about him
Feelings of disgust as fellow women collude and support this hate agenda and overlook so many “isms” by touting #anyonebuther.

It is not about him
Feelings of discouragement as we face talking with our children about this election result and why they still should not be bullies.

It is not about him
Feelings of fatigue as we realize there is so much work still to be done, even though we feel so battered and bruised.

No, it is not about him.
It is about us.
It is about us. The us that are bleary-eyed with tears today feeling beaten and broken-hearted. It is about the us that have been targeted by hate time and time again (just in this election cycle). The us who feel a little less safe today than we did yesterday. The us who feel a little less included today than we did yesterday. The us who suddenly feel betrayed by our own country.

Yes, it is about us and what we do next.
But it is definitely, most definitely…not about him.

One thought on “All the Feels”

  1. Well said, Lisa; another sad thing is that when you hit our age, you never know if you’ll get another opportunity to enjoy partaking of the choices to change what needs changing in this country. You never know if you’ll have the opportunity to change things for your children & grandchildren….Love you!

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