(Photo credit: Kirsten Nichols. The streets of D.C.)
I have been grappling with what happened yesterday, in our nation and all around the world. I am not an overly political person. In fact, I like to keep my political views to myself, however, this year it seemed very hard to talk about anything else. Many emotions flooded me. I felt saddened yet enthusiastic. I felt anxious yet full of hope. Crazy, I know. In all this emotion, I am finding the need to write it all down and try to understand it all myself.
The idea that saddens me the most about the march and rallies are the people who claim President Trump is not their president. That they have this idea that taking to the streets, peacefully or not, is somehow going to change the outcome of the election. We are a very divided nation today. We are a very divided world based on the events of yesterday. There were many who attended these events because they feel victimized, threatened, and needing to fight back. However, the majority of people I know who attended the rally and march were more about allowing President Trump to hear their voice in order to guide his presidency and first 100 days of office. That he is now the President of the people, all people, in the United States.
I recently read a FB post from a former colleague of mine who attended the march in D.C. and I finally found clarity. Scarlett Johansson spoke these words at the rally, “President Trump, I did not vote for you. That said, I respect that you are our President. I want to be able to support you. First, I ask that you support me. Support my sister. Support my mother. Support my best friend, and all of our girlfriends. Support the men and women here today that are anxiously awaiting to see how your next moves may drastically affect their lives.” When I read this, I felt less saddened and anxious about the march and more uplifted and enthusiastic that women, men, children, all over the world were just speaking out. They were not necessarily speaking out AGAINST President Trump but instead making their voices heard to say, “we are here. You have been chosen to work for us and with us. Respect is a two way street and we are ready to give it if you are ready to reciprocate.”
Yes, maybe I am naive in my thinking. Maybe I am holding on to this thought because if I think of it any other way, the idea that HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of people took to the streets yesterday to protest the President of the United States, who will be our President for the next 4 years at least, it would cause even greater anxiety and fear to what is to come. In pictures from friends, I saw a lot of signs with a be kind message. If his presidency does nothing else, maybe it will bring out the good in more of us and our nation. I am holding on to this, firmly!
(photo credit: Katie Siviniski, A living constitution that she got to sign! 100 people carried it through the march.)
My hope today is that our new Commander in Chief understands his new, very powerful role; that he understands that he is a public servant to the people of the United States; that he understands that there are protocols and proper ways to go about creating change; that he will be the change our government needs to become a stronger, healthier, better version of ourselves because no matter who our president is, that should be our goal everyday!