Like millions and millions of other people in the US, things are still hard. They are still emotional. We’re moving through grief and fear and sadness and anger and depression and rebellion and rage and everything in between. We’re not experiencing them in a linear fashion. We’re not experiencing them all at once. We’re not experiencing an emotion and then moving on, never to experience that emotion again. We experience them often. We experience them deeply.
We wonder if we’ll ever feel anything positive again.
We will. We each need to move through these emotions on our own time. There’s no “acceptable period” for feeling these emotions. There’s no glancing at the calendar and saying, “Well, that’s been enough. Time to move on.” There’s no hearing someone say, “Get over it” and then, miraculously, getting over it.
Some people are fired up and moving – gathering, protesting, galvanizing. Some people still find it difficult to leave the house. Some people have discovered new or renewed bonds with people. Some people have seen relationships with family and friends deteriorate.
If you’re unhappy about the outcome of the election, but ultimately feel unaffected, then this blog post is not directed at you. It’s nice to have that privilege.
For me, I go back and forth between, “I really don’t need to leave the house. There’s nowhere I have to be” and “Where do I go to start helping with the 2018 mid-term elections?” I figure that will go on for a little while longer. Eventually, the need to avoid the world will lessen.
In the meantime, while I’m still feeling all of these things and working my way through them, I look for healing comfort wherever I can.
Hallmark Countdown to Christmas helps – Christmas movies 24/7 can be a nice escape.
Kate McKinnon helps, too.