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Moving Forward | My Thoughts On The 2016 Election

Moving Forward: My Thoughts On The 2016 Election | Why Hello Lovely

Good morning/afternoon everyone! Happy Wednesday! How are you all doing and feeling today? I know this post is coming at you a little late in the day, but I’ve just been at a complete loss of words this morning. I originally had another post scheduled for this morning and then felt weird about posting on a day like today. So I removed it from the schedule and now I’m here and I’m posing and I’m feeling a whole lot of emotions. I debated a lot on whether or not to post my personal beliefs here. It can be such a touchy subject and I really love the community that I’ve created around this blog. At the same time, I’ve always felt welcome to post my feelings here. You all have always been so amazing and supportive through everything life’s thrown my way these past couple years so I’m choosing to open up and share some thoughts and feelings with you all this morning.

I in no way want this to cause any arguments. I love all my readers regardless of who you may have voted for yesterday or what your own views and opinions are. Everyone is entitled to have those opinions and think freely. That’s part of what makes this country so amazing. All I ask here is that everyone keeps the comments section positive and supportive!

Like many others, I watched last night’s election like a hawk. I had so many windows open on my computer, live streaming the election day coverage on multiple news stations. I then had multiple windows open on my iPhone, refreshing the polls to see the latest updates. It was probably the most stressful election I’ve had in my lifetime. Growing up, I was never into politics. I’m still not, really. But I always felt that these things just didn’t affect my own life. And at those ages, maybe it didn’t. I wasn’t paying taxes or looking to have an abortion or anything like that. So in some ways, I guess maybe they didn’t affect me as much.

But now I’m 24. I’m at an age where I’m better able to understand politics and how these elections can impact my own life as well as the lives of others. I’m better able to determine what I need as an individual as well as what others in our country need as well. I can make educated decisions and I love having the right to be apart of something as big and amazing as a presidential election. I remember when I voted for the first time back in 2012. It was much more exciting than I thought it would be. Like this year’s election, I was glued to my computer, watching the polls and was thrilled when they announced Obama would continue his presidency for another term. It was amazing to know that I contributed to his win.

Moving Forward: My Thoughts On The Election | Why Hello Lovely

This year, our votes mattered even more. Everyone came into this election with very different views. Being a woman, I knew right from the start that there was no way I could ever support Trump as our next president. No questions asked. Just seeing and hearing the way he treated women, minorities, members of the LGBT community and those with disabilities was enough for me to determine that I couldn’t support him. We live in a country where we’ve come so far in terms of equal rights. I was so proud to see our country elect its first African American president. I was proud when we re-elected him. And I was proud when states started approving gay marriage. It’s baby steps, but compared to the world our parents, grandparents and great grandparents lived in, we’ve come a long way. And to me, our country took a huge step in the wrong direction last night.

Just skimming Twitter and Facebook, it saddened me to see so many people fearful. Afraid that their families would be torn apart or their rights would be taken away. Afraid of another World War or worse, another economic depression. I myself am scared. How do we even begin to explain this to our children (or future children)? If I were to have a daughter, how would I explain to her why she lives in a country where she’s not treated the same as men? Where she doesn’t have the same rights. Where rape-culture is accepted. Where she doesn’t have control over her own body. I can’t even imagine what parents are going through right now. And what scares me even more is that I live in a country where so many people think those things are okay.

I am so fortunate to so have so many beautiful, strong, amazing, independent women in my life. I’m fortunate that I have so many people in my life who love and support me and my right to stand up for my own beliefs. I don’t know what the future holds for women in this country. For minorities. For members of the LGBT community. For those with disabilities. The future is one big question mark right now. Full of unknowns. And that’s terrifying.

Our country is very divided today. For once, I really am so hopeful that we’re all wrong in how we feel about him and the possible outcomes of this election. I hope that promises are kept and this country is able to reunite to make some big, positive changes. I hope to see this country continue to move forward rather than backward. Today, I’m doing my best to be hopeful. At this point, that’s really all we can do.

How do you feel after this year’s election?

XOXO
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