Regardless of your political leanings, you probably feel like we're living in a very frightening time. If you're a Progressive-leaning sort (like myself) you're caught in a, "this is in no way f'ing happening!", dystopia. If you're a died-in-the-wool GOP'er, you're feeling the mawkish queasiness of "what the heck have we gotten ourselves into?" And if you're a Trump supporter--somewhere, in the deepest recesses-that only comes up for air after a few 40s and lack of sleep--you're beginning to wonder how you're going to pay for your kids braces, or your wife's mastectomy. In other words, we're all part of this sinking, rat-infested ship together, and our "representatives" are playing the fiddle and drinking Dom' while we're going under.
When put like that, I can wholeheartedly understand a gnawing fear, that is settled somewhere between the breastbone, and pelvis. The kind of fear that has you waking up at 2 am and seeking solace in Facebook--where you receive the warmth of the rantings of relatives or the passion of fellow activists. Unfortunately, both are a temporary panacea.
I was at a meeting the other night, where a candidate for a Party office started their "stump speech" asking if the audience was scared, if we were REALLY frightened? He then topped it off with, "you should be."
My initial reaction, was hell yeah, I'm scared. At best we have a PEOTUS with no experience in Government. At worst we have a lying-sack-of-flaming-dog-crap-who-has-questionable-morals-business-practices-and-wants-to-instill-the-Cabinet-with-a-band-of-usurious-opposites.
My next reaction was, wait, I'm not going to play into fear. And you can gua-ran-tee that I'm not voting for someone who wants to work my fear like Picasso and some damn oils. Because fear, my friends, is the death of hope, of empowerment, and action.
If we're going to come out of the other side of the next four years, we need to actively shut the door on emotions that only serve to suck the life out of us and alienate us. You may have fear, but don't let that be the thing that runs your life, guides your decisions, or stops you from working with others--regardless if they agree with you or not. Choose hope, choose action, choose yelling, choose hugs, or choose plain ol' defiance, but for God's sake don't waste whatever time you have on being afraid.